The police investigation has found a piece of new evidence in Breonna Taylor’s case.
Grand Jury recordings and bodycam footage have raised doubts against the initial decision and legitimacy of the investigation.
Breaking News: After a member of the Breonna Taylor grand jury complained its proceedings had been misrepresented, officials planned to release deliberation tapes. https://t.co/McDtMuUgTK
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Discoveries in the case of Breonna Taylor
On Sept. 25, the family of Breonna Taylor demanded the grand jury open the books and reveal the evidence used to reach its decision.
The discoveries have made the country skeptical about the authenticity of the investigation and handling of the crime scene by the concerned Metro Police Department (LMPD). The bodycam footage of the tragic night shows evidence of heartbreak, anger, and confusion at the time of the raid.
WDRB News obtained the footage. The channel is a part of the Louisville Metro Police Department’s investigation. The department later turned over the same inquiry to Attorney General Daniel Cameron.
The footage and evidence
The video footage shows Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker. Walker is barefoot, slowly walking backward with his hands above his head in the footage.
Following the instruction of a fleet of officers standing behind him with their guns drawn, Kenneth acted.
LMPD officials said there is no body camera footage of the raid itself. In the search warrant affidavit filed before the incursion of Taylor’s apartment, police said that Jamarcus Glover could be keeping drugs and money at her home.
A slew of official statements
Officials later said neither were found in the apartment. Taylor, a 26-year-old hospital technician, had no criminal history.
Consequently, a Jefferson County grand jury returned no indictments for Taylor’s death, just three counts of wanton endangerment against Hankison allegedly shooting blindly into a neighbor’s home. LMPD fired Hankison in June.
Cameron justified Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove’s usage of force as they fired after Walker.
The protest for the justice
A petition circulating online has gained thousands of signature calling for a new prosecutor to present the case again.
Cameron lashed out at attorneys for Breonna Taylor’s family Wednesday during an appearance on Fox & Friends. Specifically, Ben Crump, specifically, national civil rights attorney, has criticized his grand jury presentation, alleging it did not include all the evidence.
“In this case, I was the special prosecutor,” Cameron said. “This is the Ben Crump model. He goes into a city, creates a narrative, cherry-picks facts to prove that narrative. Then he creates chaos in a community, misrepresents the facts. In the end, he then leaves with his money and asks the community to pick up the pieces.”
The conclusion so far for Breonna Taylor
Conclusively, Louisville’s city settled a wrongful death case with Taylor’s family last month for $12 million.
Although the grand jury returned no state charges in connection with her death, the FBI investigation continues.
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