The Kentucky Attorney General is set to announce whether charges will be filed against the Louisville Metro Police Department officers involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor soon, reports suggest.
Multiple sources confirmed to WAVE 3 that the case is being presented to a grand jury this week at an undisclosed location.
The office of Kentucky AG David Cameron has been investigating the shooting death of Taylor for several weeks, after she was killed by LMPD narcotics officers as they served a no-knock warrant at her Louisville home in March.
An announcement on whether charges will be filed is not expected from Cameron’s office until at least next week, WAVE 3 sources said, nearly six months on from Taylor’s death.
The three officers who fired their weapons that night have been at the center of public backlash, with protesters demanding they be fire and charged with murder.
One of officers, Brett Hankison, was fired for ‘blindly’ firing 10 shots into Taylor’s apartment from outside, according to his termination letter. The other two officers remain on the force.
Breonna Taylor, 26, pictured, died in the early hours of March 13 after cops raided her home in Louisville. An incident report on her death released this week by Louisville police, three months after the shooting, is virtually blank and provides inaccuracies and inconsistencies
Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was fatally shot eight times by police as they served a no-knock warrant at her apartment on March 13 and opened fire.
Police descended on Taylor’s apartment that night after securing a court-approved warrant as part of a drugs investigation that allowed officers to enter her home without any prior warning.
The suspect at the center of the probe had apparently lived at the same address years earlier and continued to receive packages there.
Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker had been sleeping in bed when the officers served the warrant at around 1am.
Believing they were soon to be victims of a home invasion, Walker, a licensed gun owner, fired a shot into the direction of the doorway, striking Sergeant John Mattingly in the leg.
Officer Brett Hankinson then returned fire, discharging his weapon in the direction of Walker 10 times. Breonna Taylor was hit eight times and pronounced dead at the scene.
‘Somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend,’ a frantic Walker told dispatchers in a 911 call.
Unbeknown to the officers at Taylor’s home, the suspect they were actually searching for had been taken into custody hours earlier in a separate location.
Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker filed the civil lawsuit in Jefferson County District Court in Kentucky on Tuesday
Taylor’s death’s received national attention, following the May death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police, which sparked widespread demonstration against racism and police brutality across the country.
The latest development in her case comes just days after new crime scene photos, taken hours after Taylor was gunned down, were released publicly.
The images offer, for the first time, a glimpse into the scope of the fatal shooting, showing a number of shell casings in and near the EMT’s apartment.
They also raise questions about previous statements made by law enforcement who have said there is no body cam footage of the raid because narcotics officers don’t wear cameras.
The 1,232 photos, which were only obtained by media outlets on Friday, were included in the now-closed criminal case against Kenneth Walker.
Walker, who filed a lawsuit against police this week, was initially charged with attempted murder after firing a single shot at officer Mattingly.
The charge was later dropped without prejudice, which means he could potentially be charged again in the future.
Several photos show bullet casing scattered on the ground throughout Taylor’s apartment and out into the parking lot of the complex.
At least 10 bullets went into Taylor’s apartment through a sliding glass door located in the living room and also through a bedroom window.
The window and door had the blinds drawn at the time.
There are also five bullet holes lodged in two neighboring apartments.
Bullet holes and blood smeared on the walls could be seen in one evidence photo
Bullets were found lodged within Taylor’s underwear drawers inside her bedroom
Pants worn by Sgt Jonathan Mattingly, who was shot by Taylor’s boyfriend, were displayed
Sgt Mattingly’s wallet, covered in blood, was pictured by police showing the aftermath
The handgun which Taylor’s boyfriend fired out the window, hitting Mattingly, was shown
Steve Romines, who is representing Walker in his lawsuit against the police department, told WDRB that the crime scene photos show Taylor’s apartment looked like a ‘war zone’.
‘I’ve been doing criminal defense for 30 years, and I’ve never seen a crime scene like this,’ he said.
‘The various trajectories of the bullets that they fired, I mean, they’re literally wildly shooting. They’re in various walls. They’re in the ceilings. They’re in the floors. You know, they’re through pots and pans in the kitchen.
‘I mean, they’re just shooting everywhere.’
Other evidence photos, first reported on by Vice, show that at least one officer who raided the apartment was wearing a body camera at the time.
In the crime scene photos, a body camera can be seen on officer Anthony James’ right shoulder.
Another officer, Myles Cosgrove, can be seen in the photos wearing a body camera holder.
Immediately after the fatal shooting, police chief Steve Conrad and Mayor Greg Fischer, said no footage existed of the raid because narcotics officers were not required to wear body cameras.
‘This incident was related to the execution of a search warrant by members of our Criminal Interdiction Division and some of the officers assigned to this division do not wear body-worn video systems,’ Conrad, who has since been fired, said.
The Mayor has repeatedly said that the officers involved in the raid were not wearing cameras.
The Louisville police department did not respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment about the presence of the bodycam.
Officers have to activate the cameras themselves. Romines, Walker’s attorney, said there was no excuse for the officer not to activate it.
‘That begs the question, you have it on your shoulder for that specific reason,’ he said. ‘What possible excuse is there not to have it on?’
Police are now required to wear body cameras in the wake of Taylor’s shooting. No-knock search warrants have also been banned in Louisville following a unanimous vote of the Metro Council back in June.
Images from inside Breonna Taylor’s bedroom have been revealed for the first time
Several photos show bullet casing scattered on the ground throughout Taylor’s apartment and out into the parking lot of the complex
At least 10 bullets went into Taylor’s apartment through a sliding glass door located in the living room and also through a bedroom window
Police say one of the officers, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, was shot in the leg by Kenneth during the raid.
Romines, however, has since said there is evidence that Walker didn’t fire the shot that injured the officer.
Romines said officers likely fired about 40 bullets into Taylor’s apartment in two different waves after Kenneth fired the initial shot.
‘We know police are firing wildly from various angles,’ Romines said.
‘The timeline and evidence at the scene is more indicative of (police) actually shooting Mattingly than it is Kenny Walker.’
Walker was not injured during the raid and officers never found any drugs inside Taylor’s home.
Walker fired his gun when officers stormed into the apartment and has since said he thought he was defending against a home invasion.
At the time, Walker told police that he could hear knocking on the night of the shooting but did not hear police announce themselves.
Walker said he was ‘scared to death’ so he grabbed his gun and when the door was knocked down, he fired a shot.
He said his intention was to fire a warning shot downward toward the ground.
‘I am a legal gun owner and I would never knowingly shoot at a police officer,’ Walker said on Tuesday.
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