It's 2020 and black people still cannot rely on the safety of their own home from police.
In a world where things have been settling down from the Botham Jean case, now comes another unfortunate event that could have been avoided with proper police work. The family of Breonna Taylor is mourning her death after the EMT worker was shot by Louisville Metro Police officers during a search warrant on the morning of March 13th. The problem is, it was the wrong house.
As Taylor slept soundly in her bed, LMPD was getting ready to invade the home where she and boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, 27,, laid. According to the Courier Journal, the lawsuit reported that the raid took a tragic turn when Walker believed they were facing intruders after police failed to knock or announce themselves. Looking to defend his home, he open fired unknowingly shooting an officer, who "sprayed gunfire into the residence with a total disregard for the value of human life" hitting Taylor.
The 26-year-old was shot eight times to where their family lawyer, Ben Crump of the Ahmaud Arbery case, describes as a "senseless killing" saying:
"Despite the tragic circumstances surrounding her death, the department has not provided any answers regarding the facts and circumstances of how this tragedy occurred, nor have they taken responsibility."
Meanwhile, the actual suspect they were looking for, Jamarcus Glover, resided in a home more than 10 miles from Taylor's residence and was already in custody before the warrant was even executed.
"The officers failed to use any sound reasonable judgment whatsoever when firing more than 25 blind shots into multiple homes and causing the wrongful death of Breonna."
Walker, who has a license to carry and keep firearms, currently faces assault and attempted murder on a police officer charges. Officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove have all been placed on administrative reassignment during the investigation.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer chimed in with little information to share on Twitter.
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