On March 13, 26-year-old unarmed black woman, Breonna Taylor, was shot and killed by three members of the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department. She was hit eight times as 20 rounds were let off.
Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired his own shots due to fear. He was able to shoot Sgt. John Mattingly in the leg. Walker was charged with attempted murder but that ended up being dropped following an FBI investigation. Brett Hankison was responsible for the gun shots that took Taylor’s life.
The house that these Louisville officers were looking for was a drug house in the area. By the time that they got to Taylor’s home, the suspects had already been in custody.
Hankison ended up being fired and is appealing this. The other two officers sadly still have their jobs and haven’t been arrested, just like Hankison. Now, more details are surfacing as to what happened that night. Taylor ended up surviving her fatal shots for six minutes, according to the New York Times.
A court filing obtained by the NYT stated that Taylor didn’t receive any attention following the shooting. He added that none of the officers checked on her either and apparently left her to die.
“In the six minutes that elapsed from the time Breonna was shot, to the time she died, we have no evidence suggesting that any officer made entry in an attempt to check and assist her,” said the Taylor family lawyer, Sam Aguiar to the Times. “She suffered.”
Aguiar also said the firing of Hankison is a “good, small step” but the end result needs to be firings and charges for all involved in killing Taylor on that horrible night on March 13. This also came after a wrongful death lawsuit was filed by the family in May which cited excessive force and gross negligence.
“It’s another good, small step,” Aguiar said to the Courier Journal. “We won’t be satisfied until rightful charges are brought against him, until charges are brought against everyone responsible for Breonna’s death.”
These officers were initially able to get into Taylor’s home on a “no-knock warrant.” This has since been banned by the city of Louisville. This turned into Breonna’s Law, which was signed by Mayor Greg Fischer last month. In the end, people simply want arrests, charges, and justice for Breonna Taylor.
“I plan to sign Breonna’s Law as soon as it hits my desk. I suspended use of these warrants indefinitely last month, and wholeheartedly agree with Council that the risk to residents and officers with this kind of search outweigh any benefit.”