Breonna Taylor was a 26-year-old EMT, sleeping peacefully in her home, when armed police officers burst in and ended up shooting her eight times.
The reason? The police had the wrong address.
According to The Washington Post:
"On March 13, the 26-year-old aspiring nurse was killed in her apartment, shot at least eight times by Louisville police officers who officials have said were executing a drug warrant, according to a lawsuit filed by the family, accusing officers of wrongful death, excessive force and gross negligence."
Family seeks answers in fatal police shooting of Louisville woman in her apartment https://t.co/0p3LktOZD4— The Washington Post (@The Washington Post)1589282399.0
A Black EMT was killed by Louisville police in March when they stormed her home while she was asleep, says a lawsui… https://t.co/tXo6kM1YAO— AJ+ (@AJ+)1589294462.0
The pandemic disproportionately killing African Americans spared Breonna Taylor, an EMT and essential worker in Lou… https://t.co/MHZCJBtEiK— Errin Haines isn’t going anywhere! 🧼🧴🙏🏾 (@Errin Haines isn’t going anywhere! 🧼🧴🙏🏾)1589249697.0
Police were reportedly carrying out a warrant for drug charges some time after midnight.
Police burst into the wrong home unannounced, surprising Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker. Taylor's boyfriend—who is a licensed gun owner and also hadn't committed any crime—thought they were the victims of a home invasion and fired a shot at the unidentified intruders.
The officers responded by firing 22 shots, some of which went into other nearby apartments. The lawsuit alleges the officers never identified themselves until after they finished shooting.
Eight of their bullets hit Taylor, killing her.
Breonna Taylor was only 26, and one of the heroes America is lifting up right now. She was an EMT working to save l… https://t.co/uBEcxEksqS— Jamil Smith (@Jamil Smith)1589293575.0
It turns out the man police were searching for when they burst into Taylor's apartment was already in police custody at the time of the shooting.
He also never lived in her apartment and did not even live in the apartment complex.
Relatives of the Kentucky EMT who was shot and killed during a “botched” police raid at her home has hired the civi… https://t.co/SSxzrOUF3j— New York Daily News (@New York Daily News)1589312653.0
None of the officers involved with the incident were injured nor have any been charged with a crime.
Kenneth Walker—Taylor's boyfriend who shot at the unannounced armed men bursting in on him and his sleeping girlfriend—has been charged with "first-degree assault and attempted murder of a police officer."
Walker is now in police custody.
They were in the wrong apartment. They were in the wrong apartment complex. They shot 20+ times into the wrong apa… https://t.co/GuahRooG6N— Jenna Lowenstein (@Jenna Lowenstein)1589289333.0
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer called for a full investigation of Taylor's death.
A portion of this statement was inadvertently omitted by staff. Here is the full statement. https://t.co/xoIzZZMh1B— Mayor Greg Fischer (@Mayor Greg Fischer)1589305492.0
Shortly after releasing his first comments on Breonna Taylor's shooting death by LMPD, Mayor Greg Fischer pulled do… https://t.co/TiyeuePINA— Tessa "Professional Buzzkill" Duvall (@Tessa "Professional Buzzkill" Duvall)1589306253.0
Louisville mayor calls for 'thorough investigation' into Breonna Taylor's death by police https://t.co/z3XZqgunq7 via @courierjournal— Sarah Ladd (@Sarah Ladd)1589304442.0
Taylor's family has hired civil rights lawyer Ben Crump.
Crump has specialized in representing families of other murdered Black people associated with the Black Lives Matter movement, including Ahmaud Arbery.
Crump told The Washington Post:
"Taylor's death is the kind that could have drawn national headlines in the Black Lives Matter era, like the deaths of Sandra Bland and Atatiana Jefferson, but has gotten little attention amid news of the spread of the... virus. The pandemic headlines were partly to blame in drowning out news of Taylor's death, but so, too, is gender bias."
‘If You Ran for Ahmaud, You Need to Stand for Bre’: Breonna Taylor’s Death Isn’t Getting Enough Attention… https://t.co/y7kHrijLYK— jamiaw (@jamiaw)1589307389.0
Say her name. Our fight for justice for Breonna Taylor begins today. Listen and RT to share. https://t.co/1h3DVCM3fw— Shaun King (@Shaun King)1589300922.0
Twitter is outraged that yet another innocent Black life has been taken without any consequences for the police officers.
And as with their reaction to the death of Philando Castile, people are asking why the National Rifle Association is not fighting for Walker's rights as a licensed gun owner.
#BreonnaTaylor was a first responder who was killed when cops entered the wrong apartment and shot her 8 times. Her… https://t.co/kvLZSrdVj5— FanGurlDavina (@FanGurlDavina)1589174203.0
@NRA Are you going to address the unlawful arrest of Kenneth Walker for protecting his home?? 🤔 #StandYourGround… https://t.co/loAYDihfwS— FanGurlDavina (@FanGurlDavina)1589315362.0
#BreonnaTaylor was killed by police March of 2020 in Louisville, KY after they came into her house, looking for som… https://t.co/2pSb1r9X8G— bayou baby (@bayou baby)1589308699.0
Just last week, #DreasjonReed was murdered while running away from police. The whole incident was recorded on Faceb… https://t.co/x1x3bdozVh— bayou baby (@bayou baby)1589309295.0
The devestation impacting our communities right now is overwhelming. #BreonnaTaylor was one of the healthcare profe… https://t.co/2F2US9B8jh— Black Lives Matter (@Black Lives Matter)1589306024.0
People noted a marked difference in the NRA's reaction when the gun owners are people of color.
#BreonnaTaylor Breaking: The NRA has released a statement on Breonna Taylor https://t.co/sRb8rHEubZ— Brian Thompson (@Brian Thompson)1589311286.0
A viral shooting video shouldn't be required to force police departments to do the right thing.
PLEASE READ! Brionna Taylor's Killing Must Be Broadcast, Shouted From The Mountain Tops, Echoing Down In The Valley… https://t.co/X2gu00cOFq— MinDAllMinE (@MinDAllMinE)1589285386.0
Excuse me @GovAndyBeshear. I know you're busy with the #CoronavirusPandemic and all, but there's an issue that need… https://t.co/fpfJ4ekM3Q— Harry Triple O (@Harry Triple O)1589310468.0
This situation is almost too extreme to be believed.
Yet it's just the latest in a long string of killings of Black Americans.
#BrionnaTaylor was asleep in her own home when police officers entered and murdered her because they “mistook” her… https://t.co/cPTyytcXmC— come to my island (@come to my island)1589383479.0
I am just hearing about #BrionnaTaylor and this is horrifying. I haven’t seen her name or story anywhere until today.— I’m the Prize Now (@I’m the Prize Now)1589327528.0
Plz remember @BrionnaTaylor...26 yr old young lady who lived in Louisville and was murdered in her home while her a… https://t.co/YrRqmytYO6— BlkandBlessed2meand4me (@BlkandBlessed2meand4me)1589253067.0
Taylor, a hard working EMT who had done nothing wrong, did not deserve to die.
Hopefully her family finds some justice.
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