In a rare revelation, recordings of the grand jury’s investigation into the police shooting of Breona Taylor have been published.
About 3 p.m., audio was released on Oct. 2 after a lawsuit.
The recent decision not to charge for the March 13 murder of Breona Taylor has renewed protests over racial inequality.
The riots engulfed the hometown of Louisville, Kentucky, and Breona Taylor for days after.
With about 15 hours of sound output, not all the details have been reviewed yet.
However, early inspections of the tapes revealed testimony from at least two Louisville police officers who said they had knocked several times and called police before entering Breona Taylor’s apartment.
“We knocked on the door, we said ‘police,’ we waited, I don’t know, for 10 or 15 seconds. Knocked again, police said, waited even longer. Louisville Police Lt. Sean Hoover said in an interview recorded the day Breona Taylor was shot, later played for the grand jury.
“So this was the third time we approached, it was about 45 seconds, if not a minute.” Sean Hoover said.
“And then I said, ‘Let’s go, let’s break it.’ “
The officers were so strong, one of them testified that a neighbor came out saying something like “Leave this girl alone,” said Sergeant Jonathan Matingley.
Whether police officers called before entering was questioned by Breona’s friend Taylor, Kenneth Walker and a number of her neighbors.
Kenneth Walker, who fired on police, said he did so in self-defense, believing police officers were intruders.
In a police interview played for the grand jury, Kenneth Walker said they had not heard the police identify themselves before entering her apartment. If they had, “it changes the whole situation, because we had nothing to fear,” he said, according to the .
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Officer Miles Cosgrove – for whom the FBI fired the shot that killed Breona Taylor – described a chaotic scene in front of investigators in which he was “overwhelmed by bright flashes and darkness” and seemed confused by the exact sequence of events.
“I just feel like I fired,” he said in a note, according to New York Times.
“It’s something surreal. If you told me I hadn’t done anything at the time, I would believe you. If you told me I had done something, I would probably believe you too. “
When police entered the apartment, they encountered a figure that looked as if it were holding a long pistol, Officer Brett Hankinson said in a recorded police interview.
Brett Hankinson has since been charged with impartial threats to shoot at a neighboring apartment.
But Kenneth Walker was holding a pistol, not a long pistol.
He told investigators he was “scared to death” when he heard a knock on the apartment door. New York Times said. He said he fired one shot from his pistol before he could see who was at the door.
“Suddenly there are a lot of shots,” he said.
“The next thing I know is [Breonna’s] on earth … And she’s here, bleeding. And no one comes and I’m just confused and scared. “
The deliberations of the grand jury and the prosecutor’s recommendations were not recorded and were therefore not included in the published material.
The death of Breona Taylor, an emergency medical officer, during a police raid in March was a high-profile case that sparked protests against police misconduct and racial inequality.
Breona Taylor was shot dead at the age of 26 when officers Brett Hankison, Jonathan Matingley and Miles Cosgrove stormed her home in Louisville. They were carrying out a search warrant as part of a drug investigation.
Brett Hankison was charged last week with an impartial threat, but no one was charged in connection with Ms. Taylor’s death.
The decision not to charge any officer with murder or manslaughter led to repeated protests by the Black Lives Matter in Louisville and elsewhere.
This also raised questions about the case by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, with critics calling for greater transparency.