Much of what you’ve seen on social media about Breonna Taylor is wrong – here’s what you need to know

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LOUISVILLE, KY- Anarchy erupted following a grand jury’s decision on Wednesday to press charges on an officer involved in the death of Breonna Taylor.

Rioters and media outlets have been spinning key details of the case to fit their narrative. Now, we have to set the record straight.

First, the events that led up to Breonna Taylor’s death are often glossed over by the media.

Jamarcus Glover, Breonna Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, had multiple warrants out for his arrest and was being investigated for narcotics. A narcotics investigation that involved Glover led local law enforcement to obtain two no-knock search warrants for Taylor’s apartment.

Glover did not live in Taylor’s place of residence but detective Joshua Jaynes argued in the affidavit for the warrant that his presence made the search necessary.

According to a recount of the affidavit by The Courier Journal Glover was frequently seen in and around the apartment:

  • “Glover’s car had made “frequent” trips to Taylor’s Springfield Drive apartment.
  • Glover walked directly into Taylor’s apartment on Jan. 16.
  • A U.S. postal inspector verified Glover received packages at Taylor’s apartment.
  • Taylor’s car had been seen in front of Elliott Avenue on “different occasions.” 

This information calls into question the relationship of Taylor and Glover who had been separated for years. Though Taylor’s estate attorney, Sam Aguiar, maintained that the pair were “passive friends,” reporting by the The Courier Journal showed the pair had much closer ties:

“On Jan. 3, for example, following Glover’s arrest on trafficking and weapons charges, he called Taylor from the jail and asked her to contact one of his co-defendants to get bail money.

Taylor responded that the associate was “already at the trap” — slang for a house used for drug trafficking.

Glover told her to be on standby to pick him up if he made bail. “I’m going to get me some rest in your bed,” he said, according to the recording.

“Love you,” he said, at the end of the call.

“Love you, too,” she replied.”

After listening to the conversation above Aguilar issued an apology for “mischaracterizing” their relationship.

The Courier Journal reported:

“In his email to The Courier Journal, Aguiar apologized to “the public and to Breonna’s family” for mischaracterizing the relationship, saying it was based on an erroneous conclusion he drew without the benefit of the jail recording.”

There have also been accusations that suggest Taylor took part criminal behavior and drug dealing along with Glover.

Evidence to prove this was given during a call made by Glover from jail. After being arrested on March 13th Glover told a girlfriend that Taylor was holding $8,000 for him and had been “handling all my money.”

This statement was recanted in August by Glover who denied Taylor had been holding money for him. Police were unable to find drugs or money while searching Taylor’s apartment. Given the lack of evidence found and Taylor’s clean record it is difficult to say whether Taylor partook in criminal activity.

There has also been false information reported regarding the search itself. Shortly after midnight on March 13, the night of the raid, officers arrived at Taylor’s apartment where she and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were sleeping.

One of the most contentious pieces of this case is whether police alerted Taylor of their presence. Though the officers were not obligated to inform the couple, given the no-knock warrant, neighbors reported that they heard officers identify themselves before entering the apartment.

During an NPR interview Amina Elahi, a reporter for WFPL, said that Attorney General Daniel Cameron confirmed, while they didn’t have to, the officers identified themselves:

“What Cameron said about this was that they interviewed one of Breonna Taylor’s neighbors, who corroborated the police’s claim that they said who they were before breaking down her door.

Other neighbors disagreed and claimed that they didn’t hear officers introduce themselves before entering the apartment.

Police then used a battering ram to enter the apartment where Walker and Taylor were waiting. As they walked down the hallway to the front door three officers entered the apartment causing Walker to fire what he deemed a “warning shot” at officers. Officers then returned fire striking Taylor five times. Taylor died in the hallway.

Walker claims that the shot he fired was aimed at the ground to warn off the intruders, however this claim was debunked by Attorney General Cameron.

During the NPR interview Elahi also reported that the bullet that struck Mattingly came from Walker:

“Attorney General Cameron also said the ballistics report confirmed that the bullet that struck Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly came from Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker.”

Walker’s first shot hit Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly in the upper thigh forcing officers to fire back, making their shots justified. Although the officers were not tried for homicide, one of the officers, Brett Hankison, was indicted on Wednesday for endangering bystanders. He is being charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree after one of the shots went into another apartment.

The lawsuit stated:

“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.”

Following the decision not to charge the three officers with the murder or Taylor cities across the US erupted into violence and anarchy.

Kentucky AG warns against ‘celebrities, online influencers’ who do not know the facts about the Breonna Taylor case

LOUISVILLE, KY- After announcing the grand jury’s decision to not bring murder charges against the police officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor, 26, Attorney General Daniel Cameron warned people to not listen to celebrities, online influencers, and other activists, stating that they do not know the facts of the case.

According to reports, during a press conference on Wednesday, September 24th, Cameron said that Hollywood elites will try to influence the public’s feelings about the case.

He said:

“There will be celebrities, influencers, and activists who have never lived in Kentucky, will try to tell us how to feel, suggesting they understand the facts of this case and that they know our community and the commonwealth better than we do, but they don’t”

For weeks, celebrities including Oprah Winfrey and Regina King have drawn great public attention to the case.

Winfrey herself, put Taylor on the cover of her O Magazine and then paid for 26 billboards calling for the arrest of the police officers to be posted across Louisville. 

Actresses Regina King and Udo Azuba wore “Breonna Taylor” shirts while accepting their awards at the recently held Emmy awards ceremony.

In August, 0n the 150th day since the death of Taylor, celebrities including Viola Davis, Meagan Good, Amy Schumer, Jessica Alba, and Sarah Silverman appeared on social media wearing t-shirts that read, “Arrest the cops who killed Breonna Taylor.”

During the press conference, Cameron stated:

“Let’s not give in to their attempts to influence our thinking or capture our emotions.”

Regarding the disappointment of those who wanted criminal charges brought in Taylor’s death, Cameron said:

“The decision before my office as the special prosecutor in this case was not to decide if the loss of Ms. Taylor’s life was a tragedy. The answer to that is unequivocally yes.”

He added:

“Criminal law is not meant to respond to every sorrow and grief, but my heart breaks for the loss of Miss. Taylor and I’ve said that repeatedly.”

Cameron explained that the officers acted in self-defense after Taylor’s boyfriend fired first at them. He also added that the three officers who entered Taylor’s apartment announced themselves before entering and so did not execute the warrant as “no-knock.” He said:

“According to Kentucky law, the use of force by officers Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove was justified to protect themselves. This justification bars us from pursuing criminal charges in Miss Breonna Taylor’s death.”

Protests broke out almost immediately after the announcement of the grand jury’s decision, with many protesters clearly not listening to what Cameron was saying.

Videos have circulated social media showing protesters shouting, “We didn’t get it, burn it down!”

Another video shows a U-Haul truck bearing a sign that read, “Abolish the police.”

Cameron reiterated that contrary to many published reports, the police involved in the shooting did knock before entering the apartment where they were then shot at first by Taylor’s boyfriend. Taylor, was killed in the crossfire.

Now, celebrities and online influencers are weighing in on the grand jury’s decision, attempting to shape the thoughts and feelings about the case. Queen Latifah said in a statement:

“It’s a very complicated situations, but it ain’t right and enough already. Enough already. It’s time for some people to go to jail.”

Ella Mai, a recording artist said:

“My heart is broken for the family of Breonna Taylor. Once again, we’re left with nothing that they try to make seem as something.”

Viola Davis wrote:

“Bullsh*t decision!!! Black Lives Matter!!! Cannot be said enough times.”

Actor, George Clooney said:

“I was born and raised in Kentucky…the justice system I was raised to believe holds people responsible for their actions…I know the community. I know the commonwealth and I was taught in schools and churches of Kentucky what is right and what is wrong. I’m ashamed of this decision.”

During the press conference, Cameron expressed his own condolences to Taylor’s family and then explained why the officers who had shot Taylor would not be charged with murder.

He explained how they had been fired upon first and because Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, had testified that they had knocked first.

He stated that the grand jury had considered the evidence earlier in the week and took just a few days to arrive at a conclusion. 

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Here is another article from Law Enforcement Today about the recent grand jury decision in the Taylor case:

LOUISVILLE, KY-  Breaking news reports are coming in that an officer has been shot and wounded in downtown Louisville.

The shooting was confirmed by a spokesperson for the Louisville Metro Police Department Wednesday evening, and said it happened just before 8:30 p.m. around South Brook and East Broadway.

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It’s unknown what the condition of the officer is at this time.

This comes just hours after the announcement in the Breonna Taylor investigation.

In that announcement, we 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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