Breonna Taylor a 26-year-old Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker were asleep on March 13, 2020, when she was shot and killed by Louisville Metro Police Officers during a raid on her home. Her boyfriend, Walker was later arrested and charged with attempted homicide on accusations he shot one of the police officers during the raid. His defense is made of attorney Rob Eggert.
Breonna Taylor Biography
Taylor was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on June 5, 1993, to Tamika Palmer and Trory Herrod. She graduated from Western High School in 2011 and went on to study at the University of Kentucky.
Breonna Taylor Age
At the time of her death, Breonna was 26 years old.
Breonna Taylor Career
Taylor became an EMT for the city of Louisville, and she worked at two local hospitals. She was a full-time ER Technician for the University of Louisville Jewish Hospital and she was a PRN as needed for Norton Healthcare. Taylor indicated her love for being able to help others on her Facebook page. “Working in healthcare is so rewarding! It makes me so happy when I know I’ve made a difference in someone’s life!” she said.
Breonna Taylor Boyfriend
Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker, who is 27 years old was arrested with attempted homicide of a police officer after shooting Sgt. John Mattingly. However, the officer survived and underwent surgery for his injuries. He pleaded not guilty and his lawyer argued that he acted in self-defense because he did not know who was at the door as such Taylor’s death was the result of “police misconduct.” Walker has pleaded not guilty to the charges. “Had Mr. Walker known that police were outside he would have opened the door and ushered them in,” Eggert told the Courier Journal. He then added that no drugs were found, as the home belonged to Taylor, and Walker wasn’t even the target of the police’s search warrant.
Breonna Taylor Death
Breonna Taylor was shot and killed by Louisville Metro Police officers on March 13, 2020, during a raid on her home where her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, was also sleeping.
After her death, Taylor received condolences from EMTs who did not know her, for instance, the one left by Ohio EMT Marcus Santoli on her obituary page:
I only heard about Breonna this morning, we have never met nor even knew of eachother, but she is considered a Sister. I am an EMT from Ohio and I can’t help but also feel this terrible loss. She clearly loved her community and had a blossoming passion to help it. She dedicated her livelihood to the preservation of her neighbors and for the intense training and extremely difficult tests it certainly was a job she was born to do. On behalf of myself and The family that is EMS, worldwide, I send you my condolences, best wishes and good health in this trying time. And as for Breonna, Thank you for your undying service to your community and this nation. It will not be forgotten
According to reports obtained from the local WDRB TV station, officers from the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Criminal Interdiction Division used a battering ram to break down the door and rushed into the house on Springfield Drive at 1 a.m. waking Taylor and her boyfriend Walker. According to a statement released by Eggert defense attorney, Walker shot at the officers, wounding one, and the three who entered shot 22 shots back with Taylor being shot eight times and died.
In the initial reports released by the Louisville Metro Police Department, they described Taylor as a “female suspect.” “A Louisville Metro Police sergeant was shot and wounded and a suspect was killed early Friday during a narcotics investigation near St. Andrews Church Road and Doss High School.”
Walker’s lawyer said he shot in self-defense because police did not announce themselves. His lawyer wrote to the court that Walker “wishes to exonerate himself. His girlfriend was killed in a hail of police bullets while naked and he himself simply acted to try to protect himself.”
Taylors aunt, Bianca Austin, told the local TV station WHAS-11, “This is not a woman who would sacrifice her life and her family morals and values to sell drugs on the street.”
Taylor’s sister, Tracy Chapman, has posted messages seeking #JusticeforBree often and recently, Taylor was featured on a Facebook website, “The Misidentified 4-Louisville,”
Breonna Taylor Investigation
Chief Steve Conrad has declined to discuss the “incident that resulted in Ms. Taylor’s death” due to the pending Public Integrity Investigation. In an email to WDRB, he noted that no camera footage was available for the incident, because Criminal Interdiction Division officers do not wear them.
Mattingly, Det. Myles Cosgrove and Det. Brent Hankison have all been placed on administrative leave. Cosgrove was once sued for excessive use of force by a man he shot in 2006 at a speedway gas station. Cosgrove won the suit.
In 15 hours conference held after the shooting, Conrad said, “We are extremely fortunate that our officer John Mattingly was not more seriously injured. We have no body-worn video cameras to share with you; this incident as related to the execution of a search warrant. Even without the videos, our Public Integrity Unit will conduct a complete review of this case.”
One of the officers in the Public Integrity Unit, Lt, Ted Eidem also spoke at the press conference and said, “Officers knocked on their door several times and announced themselves as police who were there with a search warrant. The officers gained entry through the exterior door and automatically received gunfire.”
However, Eidem was unable to answer questions about the “unresponsive female,” where she was found, if she was armed or how many shots were fired as they were still processing the scene.
Walker was being held on a $250000 full cash bond, yet Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens released him to home incarceration, to the outrage of the police union.