Breonna Taylor Biography

Breonna Taylor

Quick Facts Of Breonna Taylor

Celebrated Name Breonna Taylor
Age 26 Years
Nick Name Breonna
Birth Name Breonna Taylor
Birth Date 1994-06-05
Gender Female
Profession Medical Technician

Breonna Taylor was an American citizen who was shot and killed by Louisville Metro Police Department officers on 13 March 2020. She was shot eight times at her own apartment by the LMPD officers during a no-knock search warrant. The wrongful death of Taylor sparked the police brutality against the African-American community. Taylor's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the LMPD. Following the death of another African-American George Floyd, nationwide protests against the police department took place for several months. The City of Louisville agreed in September 2020 to pay Taylor's family $12 million and reform police practices as part of a settlement.

Breonna Taylor's Death: What Happened to Breonna Taylor?

What is Breonna Taylor Famous For?

  • Wrongfully shot and killed by LMPD officers. 

Breonna Taylor mother

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Where was Breonna Taylor From?

Breonna Taylor was born in 1994. She was born in Louisville, Kentucky in the United States. She held an American nationality. She belonged to African-American ethnicity. Her mother's name is Tamika Palmer. Her sister is Ju'Niyah Palmer.

She was a University of Louisville graduate. She worked as an emergency medical technician. She had been working as a full-time ER technician for the University of Louisville Health. 

Breonna Taylor boyfriend

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Breonna Taylor Death

Breonna Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker were at her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky on 13 March 2020. Three plainclothes LMPD officers, Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove forcefully entered Breonna Taylor's apartment during a no-knock search warrant. The LMPD officers were looking for Jamarcus Glover and Adrian Walker, suspects of selling controlled substances from a drug house. Glover had previously dated Taylor for two years.

The LMPD officers knocked the door down. Kenneth Walker, upon learning an intruder breaking into the apartment, fired first. The police stated that they announced themselves while entering the apartment and knocked several times. However, neighbors and Taylor's family disputes that there was no announcement by the officers. Walker was licensed to carry a firearm. He believed that intruders broke into the apartment. Walker's shot injured one of the officers on the scene. The police officers returned fire into the apartment with more than 20 rounds. Breonna Taylor was shot 8 times. 

Breonna Taylor sister

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Breonna Taylor Shooting Aftermath

The police filed an incident report that claimed that Taylor had no injuries and that no forced entry occurred. All three officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative reassignment pending the outcome of an investigation by the police department's Internal Professional Integrity Unit. The FBI started their own independent investigation. 

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer called for Officer Hankison's removal from the Louisville Police Merit Board in early June. Hakinson was formally fired on 23 June 2020. 

Walker was initially charged with first-degree assault and attempted murder of a police officer. The police office officers claimed that they announced before forcefully entering the apartment. However, Taylor's family and neighbors disputed that the police did not make an announcement. Walker was heard in a 911 call voice record saying "somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend". Walker was released from jail due to COVID-19 concerns. Walker's attorney Rob Eggert filed a motion to permanently dismiss the charges against Walker.

Protests for the three officers be arrested and charged with murder started in Lousiville. In the wake of another incident, George Floyd's death created a wave of protests across the world. 

Taylor's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit on 15 May 2020. The lawsuit was settled in September 2020. The City of Louisville settled to pay $12 million to Taylor's family and also agreed to change police practices.

Did You Know?

  • No drugs were found in Breonna Taylor's apartment.
  • Police Chief Steve Conrad was fired on 1 June 2020 after the fatal shooting of black business owner David McAtee.
  • Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer indefinitely suspended the use of "no-knock" warrants on May 29, 2020.
  • The LMPD has also announced on June 10 that it will require all sworn officers to wear body cameras, and will change how it carries out search warrants.
  • In June, Senator Rand Paul introduced the Justice for Breonna Taylor Act.
  • "Arrest the cops that killed Breonna Taylor" has become a common Internet meme.