Breonna Taylor’s Boyfriend Said Police Didn't Tell Him She Died

Written by on October 14, 2020

Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, stated that nobody immediately informed him that his girlfriend died in a botched drug raid that fueled nationwide protests towards racial injustice and police brutality.

Walker, 27, informed CBS’s Gayle King that the primary time he came upon Taylor had been killed by police at their Louisville, Kentucky, condo was when he was watching the information whereas wrongly detained after the March 13 incident. 

“When had been you lastly informed that Breonna didn’t make it?” King requested in a clip of the interview that was launched Wednesday. The total interview will likely be out there on Thursday.

“I by no means actually acquired informed, like immediately. I noticed it on the information,” Walker stated to a visibly astonished King. “I used to be within the cell, and it was on the information, and so they stated one, you understand, feminine useless. They confirmed it.” 

Plainclothes officers with the Louisville Metro Police Division fatally shot Taylor, a 26-year-old Black medical technician, in her residence within the early hours of March 13. The officers had been serving a “no-knock” drug warrant for a distinct particular person and woke up the couple with what Walker stated was a loud bang. Walker, a authorized gun proprietor, stated he fired a single warning shot in concern that somebody was breaking into the condo. Officers fired again, capturing Taylor six occasions and killing her.

Police didn’t discover medicine within the residence, and neither Taylor nor Walker had been the particular targets of the investigation. However police arrested Walker on tried homicide costs, accusing him of wounding an officer. Proof is unclear as to whose bullet struck Det. John Mattingly, although. The fees had been later dropped, and Walker has filed a lawsuit over his arrest.

“I didn’t know for certain what situation she was in once I left, so I didn’t know what they did,” Walker stated of the officers. “As these bodycam movies come out, I see they did nothing. Clearly we see the SWAT group in there, and she or he was nonetheless in there. They’re nonetheless like casing the condo along with her laying proper there on the bottom. Disrespectful.”

A grand jury declined to cost the three officers concerned in Taylor’s killing with manslaughter or murder. As an alternative, Det. Brett Hankison was indicted on a cost of wanton endangerment, a first-degree felony, for placing the lives of condo neighbors in peril. An nameless member of the grand jury claimed final month that Kentucky Lawyer Common Daniel Cameron (R) by no means requested jury members to think about murder costs.

About 20 hours of recorded grand jury deliberations within the case had been launched Oct. 2 after a state decide dominated that the audio can be added to the court docket case’s file. The Jefferson County Circuit Court docket decide overruled Cameron’s determination to not launch the total grand jury report.

Walker informed King that when he was arrested ― with out socks or sneakers on ― an officer requested him if he had been hit by a bullet. When Walker stated no, the officer allegedly stated, “Effectively, that’s unlucky.”

There would not be a narrative. You most likely would not even find out about it. If I did not dwell, you most likely would not even find out about Breonna Taylor. Kenneth Walker, boyfriend of Breonna Taylor

“There wouldn’t be a narrative” if he had not survived the capturing, Walker stated. “You most likely wouldn’t even find out about it. If I didn’t dwell, you most likely wouldn’t even find out about Breonna Taylor.”

Town of Louisville has reached a $12 million settlement with Taylor’s household over the killing, however Taylor’s household calls for that the officers concerned be charged in her demise. Walker informed King within the interview that the one method there could be justice for Taylor is that if she had been sitting proper subsequent to him.

“She would do something for anyone. She took care of lots of people,” he stated. “There’s lots of people who want her dangerous proper now, together with me.”

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