Last updated on August 4th, 2023 at 05:37 pm
Breonna Taylor is a story that America will never forget. Taylor was an African-American medical technician from Lousiville, Kentucky who was wrongfully shot and killed by Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers on 13 March 2020. The LMPD officers shot her eight times at her own apartment during a no-knock search warrant. In the wake of the death of another African-American George Floyd on 25 May 2020, nationwide protests against the police department took place for several months. The protests took place nationwide for over 70 days. Worldwide protests took place following the death of George Floyd. Two deaths in a couple of months strongly established the fact that racism against the black community is still prevalent in the world.
Breonna Taylor was born on 5 June 1994 in Louisville, Kentucky in the United States. She belonged to African-American ethnicity. Her mother's name is Tamika Palmer. Her sister is Ju'Niyah Palmer. Information about her father is not available at present. 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.
Following, Taylor's shooting death, her family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the LMPD. The City of Louisville agreed in September 2020 to pay Taylor's family $12 million and reform police practices as part of a settlement.
What Happened to Breonna Taylor?
Breonna Taylor was with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker at her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky. The LMPD narcotics officers forcefully entered Taylor's apartment on 13 March 2020. Taylor's boyfriend Walker fired against the cops. In return, the police officers fired back and shot over 20 rounds. Taylor was shot eight times.
How did Breonna Taylor Die?
On 13 March, Breonna Taylor was with her boyfriend, Walker at her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky. Three plainclothes LMPD officers, Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove, were looking for Jamarcus Glover and Adrian Walker, suspects of selling controlled substances from a drug house. Taylor's apartment was to search for the suspects. Glover had previously dated Taylor for two years. During the search warrant, the officers forcibly entered Taylor's apartment without announcing themselves as police officers. Breonna's boyfriend, Walker believed that the intruders broke in the apartment and he fired from his licensed gun. 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 made by the officers. Walker's shot injured one of the officers. The police officers responded with a return-fire. The cops fired over 20 rounds and Taylor was shot 8 times during the incident. Breonna Taylor died from a gunshot injury.
Following the death of Breonna Taylor, protests for the three officers be arrested and charged with murder started in Lousiville. The police initially 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 and the FBI started an independent investigation about the case.
Taylor's boyfriend, Walker was initially charged with first-degree assault and attempted murder of a police officer. The police office officers stated 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. In the wake of another incident, George Floyd's wrongful death in May 2020 sparked the wave of protests against the police brutality nationwide. protests for justice against police brutality and racism started across the world.
Taylor's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit on 15 May 2020. The City of Louisville and Taylor's family settled the lawsuit in September 2020. The City of Louisville agreed to pay $12 million to Taylor's family and bring changes to police practices.