Kentucky AG’s Claim Breonna Taylor’s Boyfriend Shot Cop Not Supported By Evidence: Report
Written by Black Voices on September 27, 2020
Since Wednesday, when Kentucky Legal professional Normal Daniel Cameron introduced a grand jury wouldn’t cost native cops for killing 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, a number of retailers have reported ballistics info that undermines Cameron’s declare that officers shot and killed Taylor in self-defense.
Particularly, a Kentucky State Police ballistics report, first shared by Vice Information on Friday, doesn’t rule out the likelihood that Officer John Mattingly, one in every of three officers who shot into Taylor’s dwelling, had been shot by “pleasant fireplace” — which Cameron had claimed earlier this week.
Cameron mentioned three plainclothes officers shot greater than 30 rounds into Taylor’s dwelling whereas serving a no-knock warrant in March as a result of Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend, first shot Mattingly within the thigh. However the ballistics report from Kentucky police says the bullet that hit Mattingly “was neither recognized nor eradicated as having been fired” from Walker’s gun.
The officers have been allegedly investigating a drug ring involving a suspect who didn’t reside in Taylor’s dwelling however whom they thought obtained packages there, they mentioned. After the capturing, Kentucky police admitted that the suspect had truly been arrested earlier within the day.
Walker, a authorized gun proprietor who faces no costs from the capturing, mentioned he fired a warning shot after the officers, who have been banging on Taylor’s door early within the morning, did not determine themselves.
Former officer Brett Hankinson was fired in June and is the one officer concerned within the capturing to face costs. The three counts of “wanton endangerment” he faces stem from pictures he fired into the properties of Taylor’s neighbors ― not pictures geared toward Taylor or her boyfriend.
Nonetheless, on Wednesday, Cameron claimed he was sure Hankinson didn’t shoot Mattingly as a result of all three officers have been carrying .40 caliber handguns and the bullet that hit Mattingly got here from a 9mm.
One in every of Walker’s attorneys, Steve Romines, has refuted Cameron’s allegation on tv and on-line, saying Hankinson’s file exhibits he was administered a 9mm handgun.
The native Courier-Journal experiences it has not obtained a response to its open data request for Hankinson’s file.
Taylor’s killing is amongst a rising checklist police killings involving Black victims yr, and, just like the killing of George Floyd, protesters towards police violence have used Taylor’s title as a rallying cry to demand legal justice reform.
All of the whereas, Cameron, a Republican and vocal ally of the Trump administration, has publicly voiced his assist as President Donald Trump has endorsed violent crackdowns by police and defended officers who kill on the job.
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