Breonna Taylor investigation: Fired Louisville officer indicted on criminal charges

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LOUISVILLE, KY- We’ve just learned that one of three officers involved in shooting of Breonna Taylor in March 2020 has been indicted on criminal charges.

Officer Brett Hankison was fired earlier this year. He was indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree.  His bond was set at $15,000. 

Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove were NOT indicted by the grand jury.

For the past week, Louisville has been gearing up for the likelihood of “unrest” from the decision.

For months now, protestors have attacked how long the investigation has taken.  They’ve also demanded the arrests of all officers involved.

In anticipation of what’s to come in the city, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Louisville Interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder announced a 72-hour countywide curfew starting 9 p.m.

Government buildings will be also be closed.

Schroeder, in anticipation of anarchy, has already activated the Kentucky National Guard.

“I urge everyone to commit once again to a peaceful, lawful response, like we’ve seen here for the majority of the past several months,” Fisher said.

Prior to the decision being handed down, the city and the police department had already declared states of emergency.

They’ve set up barricades restricting vehicle access to downtown areas and we’ve seen stores and restaurants board up their windows in anticipation.

The federal buildings aren’t just closed for the curfew – they’re down for the week.

Protesters started gathering Wednesday morning in the city – hours before the expected announcement.

Across the country, outrage has exploded with chants of “say her name” and demands to arrest the officers.

Attorney General Daniel Cameron, the first black person to hold the post and a Republican rising star, was made tapped to be a special prosecutor in the case in May.  The FBI opened an investigation as well.

Just one day after the grand jury convened, one of the officers involved in the shooting fired off a mass email to the department defending his actions and slamming the leadership in the city.

In June, Det. Brett Hankison was fired.  The reason given was “wantonly and blindly” firing into Taylor’s apartment, according to Louisville’s police chief.

On Tuesday, LMPD said six officers involved in the incident are under internal investigation.

On September 15th, the city of Louisville announced a historic $12 million settlement of the family’s wrongful death lawsuit.

On top of that, the city also agreed to enact police reforms.

Those using social workers to provide support on certain police runs and requiring commanders to review and approve search warrants before seeking judicial approval.

Earlier this month, leaked documents from the investigation of the Breonna Taylor officer-involved shooting showed the close relationship Taylor and her ex-boyfriend, convicted drug dealer Jamarcus Glover actually had.

According to reports, 39-pages of documents were leaked just two days before bench warrants were issued for Glover. The documents included transcripts of recorded prison phone conversations between Glover and Taylor.

The transcripts also included recorded conversations between Glover and another woman, whom he told Taylor was hold drug money for him. On August 27th, being a convicted drug trafficker, Glover was arrested on new drug charges. 

According to police, Glover was booked into Louisville Metro Corrections after warrants were issued for his arrest the previous month on charges including trafficking a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. 

An excerpt from the leaked documents showed that back on February 14, 2020, Glover’s car was towed for a parking violation. Allegedly, Glover tried to file a complaint against the officer and gave Taylor’s phone number as his own.

Six days later, detectives from the Place Based Investigation (PBI) team verified through a database that Glover was using Taylor’s home address, 3003 Springfield Drive as well.

On February 24, 2020, the documents further verified the link between Taylor’s home and Glover:

“Detectives received Jamarcus Glover’s bank records from Chase Bank. On these bank statements, Jamarcus Glover used 3003 Springfield Drive, #4, Louisville, KY 40214 as his mailing address.”

According to reports, Glover, who, in addition to his 2015 drug trafficking conviction had several other pending drug and weapon cases against him, was named on the March 13th warrant that sent officers to Taylor’s apartment.

A man named Adrian Walker was also named on the warrant.

The leaked documents also said that mail addressed to Glover was among some of the items seized from Taylor’s apartment following the shooting.

Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police President Ryan Nichols said that summary reports are normally a part of a criminal investigation.

In another part of the leaked document, it stated that on January 2, 2020, the PBI team saw Glover pull up to a suspected drug house in Taylor’s car. The team was conducting surveillance on that suspect drug house, which was described as a “trap house.”

The document included pictures of Taylor’s car at the scene.

The following day, January 3rd, 2020, the documents revealed a phone call transcript between Glover, who was incarcerated at the time, and Taylor. In the conversation they talk about Walker, another suspect in the case who was also the third person named on the Taylor warrant.

During the call, Glover said:

“You talk to Doug (Adrian Walker)?”

Taylor responded:

“Yeah, I did. He said he was already back at the trap.”

In a conversation a few hours later, Glover thanked Taylor for checking on him.

Taylor said:

“When you’re around I stress more. I just always be worried about you, not like you and (expletive), but just period with with police, like all kind of (expletive).”

In a separate phone call on January 3rd, 2020, the conversation ended with each telling the other that they loved each other.

Also, from January 2019 to January 2020, Glover called Taylor 26 times from prison. Another inmate also called Taylor seven times during the same time period.

Police also installed a tracking device on Glover’s red Dodge Charger and found that he visited Taylor’s home six times in January 2020. The leaked documents included pictures of Glover picking up packages at Taylor’s house.

In transcribed conversations from the morning of March 13th, hours after Taylor was killed, Glover told another woman that Taylor had $8,000 of his money.

He said:

“Bre got down like $15 grand, she had the $8 grand I gave her the other day and she picked up another $6 grand.”

He continued:

“Bre been handling all my money, she been handling my money. She been handling my (expletive) for me and cuz, it ain’t just me.”

He added:

“And later, I can walk in that house (Bre’s) and go directly to whatever it is no problem with it.”

Taylor’s family has claimed that she was not still involved with Glover when she was killed and that she was an innocent victim of police brutality.

They claimed that Taylor and Glover had only maintained a “passive friendship.”

The leaked documents told an entirely different story of Taylor not only allowing a convicted drug dealer to use her address to register vehicles and receive his mail there, but was also moving drug money around for him while he was incarcerated.

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Here’s more on the back story from Law Enforcement Today about the officer-involved shooting of Breonna Taylor:

Audio recordings of interviews about the deadly encounter in which Breonna Taylor was tragically killed by police suggest officers knocked and may have identified themselves before firing, contrary to previous claims.

Taylor, 26, an emergency medical technician, was mistakenly killed March 13 when police were serving a “no-knock” warrant at her apartment and startled her boyfriend, who fired at what he perceived to be intruders. Police returned fire, killing Taylor, according to The Daily Beast.

According to police records, the “no-knock” search warrant granted by a judge as part of a narcotics investigation was executed just before 1 a.m. on March 13.

Despite the “no-knock” provision, Louisville Metro Police Department Lt. Ted Eidem claimed officers had “knocked on the door several times and announced their presence as police who were there with a search warrant.”

A lawsuit filed by Taylor’s family, however, alleges that not only did the plainclothes officers enter the home “without knocking and without announcing themselves,” but they approached the house in unmarked cars “in a manner which kept them from being detected by neighbors.”

Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s 27-year-old boyfriend, was startled awake from a “peaceful sleep” by the officer’s entry and believed the apartment was being burglarized. He used his legal firearm to fire one shot out of self-defense, the lawsuit states. The shot wounded an officer in the leg and prompted return fire of more than 20 rounds into the home.

The lawsuit alleged:

“Shots were blindly fired by the officers all throughout Breonna’s home and also into the adjacent home, where a five-year-old child and a pregnant mother had been sleeping.”

Records obtained by The Courier Journal show the search warrant, signed by a judge a day before Taylor’s death, includes Taylor’s address based on police’s belief that one of the main narcotics investigation suspects, Jamarcus Glover, used her home to receive mail, keep drugs or stash money earned from selling drugs.

Glover was arrested at the Elliott Avenue address where police believed drug dealing was occurring the same night that police raided Taylor’s apartment. Glover’s arrest citation lists a 12:40 a.m. violation time — right around when police entered Taylor’s home — with his arrest at 2:43 a.m., according to The Courier Journal.

However, newly released audio from the internal investigation into Taylor’s death seems to show that Taylor’s boyfriend and police both confirmed that officers knocked on the door before breaking it down, according to a July 10 report by CNN.

The audio, first reported by NBC News and obtained by CNN, includes the Louisville Metro Police Department’s interview with Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, on the night of the shooting.

Walker, who was described as audibly upset, described multiple knocks with both he and Taylor shouting, “Who is it?”

Walker said there was no response and as the couple approached the door, it came off the hinges and then he fired a shot. When a “lot of shots” were fired, the two dropped to the floor, he said, and his gun fell, according to CNN.

The shot Walker fired struck Sgt. John Mattingly in the leg, puncturing his femoral artery and causing police to return fire.


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