The Police Report for Breonna Taylor's Death Is Almost Entirely Blank
The officers who killed her have not been arrested.
Update 6/11/2020: On Wednesday, the Louisville Metro Police Department released the police report for the killing of Breonna Taylor. First published in theLouisville Courier-Journal, the report had many fields left blank, though much of the information is already public knowledge. Intelligencer reports that "the police document states Taylor’s name, a case number, and the time and date of the shooting, but leaves blank details already made public, including her date of birth."
The section for injuries is empty, despite officers shooting her eight times. Additionally, "forced entry" is marked no, even though police used a battering ram. The site calls the nearly blank report a "negligent level of commitment to police accountability at best and an attempt to avoid being held to an official document in future proceedings at worst." The FBI and LMPD continue to investigate the shooting and Jonathan Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove, and Brett Hankison, the three officers involved in the incident, are on administrative leave.
Three months after 26-year-old EMT Breonna Taylor was fatally shot by police during a raid in her home, more than 6 million people have signed a petition demanding justice.
CNN reports that a wrongful death lawsuit filed by her mother claims that Taylor was killed after officers forced their way into her home and exchanged shots with her boyfriend Kenneth Walker on March 13. The Louisville Metro Police Department has said they were conducting a search warrant in a narcotics investigation, and that the officers — identified as Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Officers Brett Hankinson and Myles Cosgrove — allegedly announced themselves before and after using a ram to break open the door.
However, the family's lawsuit, filed on April 27, alleges the officers "did not knock or identify themselves prior to entering Breonna’s home," according to ABC News. An arrest warrant obtained by the outlet said police executed a "no-knock entry" to the apartment "due to the nature of how these drug traffickers operate."
The lawsuit, according to CNN, says police entered the home and "proceeded to spray gunfire into the residence with a total disregard for the value of human life." Police say Walker — who has a license to carry, according to the suit — fired at the officers, and the family's lawsuit claims "any defensive force used against the Defendants was due to their forcible and unlawful entry into Breonna's home."
Police have also said that there is no body camera footage of the incident and that one officer was shot and wounded.
According to the lawsuit, Taylor was shot at least eight times.
ABC News reports that Cosgrove, Hankinson, and Mattingly were placed on administrative reassignment pending an investigation. Walker was arrested and charged with the attempted murder of a police officer. He has no history of violence and no history of drug offenses, according to the lawsuit.
"Breonna Taylor was an award-winning EMT and model citizen," the Change.org petition reads. "She loved her family and community. She worked at two hospitals as an essential worker during the pandemic."
The petition is calling for arrests of the officers involved, for charges to be filed against them, and for her family to be paid in damages for wrongful death, as well as for Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear to speak up on behalf of Taylor and to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the Louisville Police Department. It's been signed by celebrities like Anna Paquin, Eve, and politicians like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
In honor of what would have been Taylor's 27th birthday on Friday, June 5, petition organizers have urged a virtual protest, asking people to demand justice for Taylor on Twitter. Cate Young, a freelance writer, has also organized the initiative #BirthdayForBreonna, which puts forth a list of action items to continue to fight for justice for Taylor. Action items include signing the official petition, donating to her family's GoFundMe, directly emailing Kentucky authorities, and sharing art commemorating Taylor to the hashtags #BirthdayForBreonna and #SayHerName on social media.
For the full list of action items, go to the #BirthdayForBreonna website.
This article was updated.