While George Floyd's death in Minneapolis sparked a wave of protests across the country, fury over the murder of Breonna Taylor, an African American medical worker in Louisville, KY, by police also led tense protests in that city. . . and beyond.
Shortly after midnight on March 13, Louisville police officers, executing a search warrant, used a battering ram to enter the apartment of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old African-American emergency room technician.
According to The Louisville Courier Journal, the police had been investigating two men who they believed were selling drugs in a home that was far from Ms. Taylor's home. But a judge also signed an order allowing police to search Ms. Taylor's residence because police said they believed one of the two men had used her apartment to receive packages. The judge's order was a so-called do not hit order, which allowed the police to enter without warning or without identifying themselves as law enforcement officers. No drugs were found in the department, said a lawyer for Ms. Walker.
Louisville police say they only shot inside Ms. Taylor's home after Kenneth Walker, Ms. Taylor's boyfriend, shot them the first time. They said Walker injured one of the officers, who received a blow to the leg but was expected to make a full recovery. Subsequently, Mr. Walker was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, although the charge was dismissed.
The police incident report contained multiple errors. He listed Ms. Taylor's injuries as "none," despite being shot at least eight times, and indicated that the police had not forced his entry into the apartment, although they used a battering ram to break the door.
Ms. Taylor's family also said it was outrageous that the police felt it was necessary to carry out the raid in the middle of the night. Her attorneys say police had already located the main suspect in the investigation when they broke into the department. But "they then proceeded to shoot at the residence without regard to the value of human life," according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Ms. Taylor's mother.