Feds To Investigate Raid That Left Breonna Taylor Dead Amid Conflicting Claims

Sandy Malone

Kentucky officials have asked federal authorities to review the PD's internal investigation of Breonna Taylor's death.

Louisville, KY – The governor of Kentucky and the Louisville police chief have asked federal authorities to review the internal affairs investigation into what happened when officers served a search warrant at the home of former EMT Breonna Taylor.

Records showed that members of the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department’s (LMPD) Criminal Interdiction Division obtained a “no-knock” search warrant for Taylor’s home on March 12 related to her involvement in a narcotics investigation, the Courier-Journal reported.

The plan was to serve the search warrant at the same time other members of the Criminal Interdiction Division were serving an arrest warrant for Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, at his home on Elliott Avenue, 10 miles away.

LMPD suspected Glover had been selling drugs out of his residence on Elliott Avenue but using Taylor’s address to receive mail, store drugs, or stash money he made selling drugs, the Courier-Journal reported.

LMPD Detective Joshua Jaynes said in an affidavit summarizing the investigation for the warrants that officers had seen Glover go into Taylor apartment in January and leave with a "suspected USPS package in his right hand."

The affidavit said Glover went from Taylor’s apartment to a "known drug house" on Muhammad Ali Boulevard, the Courier-Journal reported.

Det. Jaynes said he was able to verify through the U.S. Postal Service that Glover had in fact been receiving packages at Taylor’s address.

"Affiant knows through training and experience that it is not uncommon for drug traffickers to receive mail packages at different locations to avoid detection from law enforcement," he wrote in the affidavit, according to the Courier-Journal.

Sam Aguiar, an attorney for Taylor’s family, said Taylor had dated Glover two years earlier and maintained a “passive friendship” with him.

But officers reported seeing Taylor’s vehicle parked in front of Glover’s home on Elliott Avenue multiple times n 2020, and said that as of February, Glover was listing Taylor’s apartment as his “current home address,” the Courier-Journal reported.

LMPD Lieutenant Ted Eidem, the commander of the Public Integrity Unit, said three plainclothes detectives served the narcotics investigation’s “no-knock” search warrant at 12:40 a.m. on May 13.

A “no-knock” warrant means police are not required to wait before entering a property.

However, Lt. Eidem said the LMPD detectives who served the warrant at Taylor’s apartment knocked and announced themselves anyway.

“Officers knocked on the door several times and announced their presence as police who were there with a search warrant,” he told reporters at a press conference the afternoon of March 13. “The officers forced entry into the exterior door and were immediately met by gunfire. Sergeant [John] Mattingly sustained a gunshot wound and returned fire.”

Lt. Eidem said the other two detectives with Sgt. Mattingly also returned fire.

“The other officers were able to move Sgt. Mattingly and themselves to safety,” he explained. “The officers then gave verbal commands and the man later identified as Kenneth Walker exited the residence and surrendered to officers.”

Lt. Eidem said officers found Taylor unresponsive inside the apartment. She died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Records showed that police who served the arrest warrant on Glover at the Elliott Avenue address at about the same time recovered "several ounces of suspected crack cocaine, marijuana, and U.S. currency,” the Courier-Journal reported.

Walker was arrested and charged with the attempted murder of a police officer and assault in the first degree, The New York Times reported.

His attorney has said that he didn’t know the men entering the apartment were police officers when he shot at them.

Walker’s father said in an affidavit that no drugs were found in the apartment during the search, but LMPD has not confirmed that information, NPR reported.

Taylor’s family’s local attorney has said that Walker had a license for the weapon he used to shoot Sgt. Mattingly, The New York Times reported.

LMPD Chief Steve Conrad told reporters at the press conference after the incident that the detectives had not been wearing bodycams.

Chief Conrad said some members of the Criminal Interdiction Division do not wear bodycams.

Jefferson County Prosecutor Thomas Wine recused himself from the investigation into the incident on Wednesday and asked state officials to appoint a special prosecutor since he is already prosecuting Walker, NBC News reported.

Later that same day, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced he had been asked to serve as special prosecutor and said he would "take appropriate action" if necessary, NBC News reported.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Chief Conrad have also asked the U.S. Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to review the internal investigation conducted by Lt. Eidem’s team.

Notorious attorney Benjamin Crump, who has represented the Trayvon Martin and Michael Brown families, filed a lawsuit against Sgt. Mattingly and the two other detectives involved in the raid that left Taylor dead on behalf of Taylor’s family, NPR reported.

News outlets reported on claims surrounding the lawsuit, including inaccurate claims that the warrant was for Glover's arrest rather than a search warrant for the residence.

Crump has since released a statement challenging the claim that detectives verified that Glover had been receiving packages at Taylor's address.

"Louisville postal inspector Tony Gooden asserted that the LMPD did not use his office to verify that a drug suspect delivered packages to Breonna Taylor’s address, which directly contradicts what the police stated in the affidavit to secure a no-knock warrant for the home," Crump's statement said, according to WAVE.

Comments (37)
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Marxest
Marxest

Those officers didn't announce themselves. They are lying to save themselves and deflect blame and responsibility of the killing. Officers who are going to execute a "No Knock" warrant never announce themselves, (especially if narcotics are suspected to be involved) they don't have to, they just break in and occasionally just start firing. Plenty of people have been killed because of these actions. Mr Kenneth Walker probably thought a gang of armed white gunman were breaking into his house to do him and Ms Taylor harm. The fact that the police officers haven't said that they found drugs in the residence means that there were no drugs in the home. These reckless and irresponsible officers may not see any true punitive measures for their murderous actions, but a Civil lawsuit should bleed the Louisville city coffers dry. This was a horrible tragedy that could have been avoided had the officers announced themselves. It's possibly a good thing that the Department of Justice may review this travesty, however because of President Trump's blatantly corrupt regime, I have my doubts that a federal review will be effective.

Breonna Taylor, you were a good woman, your life mattered.

TCSO7801
TCSO7801

Walker, who fired at officers, isn't hit but the female is hit multiple times. Was Walker using her as a human shield? Her loss of life is tragic irregardless of circumstances. Crump.... file another law suit to get his face on the media and satisfy his ego.

RunCop
RunCop

Those ethnics and their shenanigans.

Raymelson
Raymelson

It's amazing to me how people use everything to bash my President

Andytheman
Andytheman

Ok Oakwood. Where did you get the numbers that backup your claim? A conservative site? Fox news? Your claim has no merit. Don't believe anything from these sites. 18,000 lies from Trump does make it part of his m.o. He hates Obama and is obsessed with him. Where's your evidence?

XIHP308
XIHP308

Moral of the story don't become involved with someone dealing drugs. It won't end up good.
How many of you saw President Trump at the scene?
As usual I ask for specifics regarding your comments concerning President Trump and none are given. Difference of opinion yes but never has anyone backed up their lies.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Scary

GIJOE62
GIJOE62

A "no knock" search warrant is exactly what it is, you go through that door and announce yourself as your going through that door. The officers said that they knocked on the door and said that they were the police before going in is BS. I believe Mr. Walker heard noise outside his home and thought someone was about to break into his home. When he saw these men coming through his door he was protecting his family by any means necessary. I hate that Ms. Taylor was killed in the incident. It could have been prevented but we don't know all the circumstances at that time. I pray that the family gets some sort of justice.

MICHAEL THE POET
MICHAEL THE POET

That was not smart why did she Let somebody use her address

Shepfershort
Shepfershort

How the Hell does a drug dealer get a gun license? More contacts in govt offices, thanks to Affirmative Action?

h0ghestcomndenom
h0ghestcomndenom

continue shooting back.

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

"no-knock” warrants need to be banned! too many innocent victims are killed by trigger happy pigs that refuse to wear body cams!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

#badannouncement #poposillies

Wasiechu1
Wasiechu1

Seems to me the raid would have been better if the officers were in full uniform and had body cams.
Given that this was a suspected drug crime, I’d expect guns to be found but also the occupants would have a fear of rivals breaking in.

Wham bam thank mam
Wham bam thank mam

Another no knock fu(k up.

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

now that the VICTIMS charges have been dropped! it is time to go after the REAL criminals that broke in and murdered his girlfriend!


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