Louisville Police Department officers were looking for a suspect at the wrong home when they “blindly fired” and killed Breonna Taylor, according to a lawsuit.
Taylor, 26, an emergency medical technician, died on 13 March in her home in Louisville, Kentucky, after being shot eight times by police. Her boyfriend Kenneth Walker was arrested, as reported by NBC news.
The lawsuit claims that Taylor and Walker were asleep in the bedroom when police in plain clothes and unmarked vehicles arrived at the house around 12:30am.
Three officers then entered Taylor’s home reportedly without knocking and without announcing themselves as police officers.
The lawsuit alleges that:
The police then proceeded to spray gunfire into the residence with a total disregard for the value of human life… Shots were blindly fired by the officers all throughout Breonna’s home.
However, police at the time said the officers knocked on the door several times and “announced their presence as police who were there with a search warrant.” The officers forced their way in through the door and “were immediately met by gunfire,” Lt. Ted Eidem said at a 13 March press conference.
According to the lawsuit, the Louisville Metro Police Department executed a search warrant at the wrong home.
The family’s attorney, Ben Crump, has called Taylor’s death a “senseless killing”.
Crump, a well-known American lawyer, is also representing the family of Ahmaud Arbery, an unarmed black man who was out jogging when he was pursued by two white men and shot to death on 23 February. Gregory McMichael and Travis McMichael have been arrested and charged for the murder.
He said of Taylor’s case:
Louisville Police fatally shot #BreonnaTaylor. They had the wrong address AND their real suspect was already in custody. 2 months later, no one has been held accountable for her death… but we will change that! #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor #SayHerName pic.twitter.com/wytTAozY5l
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) May 11, 2020
Others also spoke out about the injustice:
— THIQUE CHURCH GIRL. (@MsPackyetti) May 12, 2020
— 🅿️erry (@catastrofizer) May 13, 2020
Activists and concerned citizens are coming together online to call for justice.