The murder of Breonna Taylor, an innocent Black woman who was shot and killed by white police officers in Louisville, Kentucky, in March 2020 while she was asleep in her own home
during a botched raid on her apartment, led to several demonstrations over policing and racial injustice in the United States.
After police broke the door off its hinges, Walker fired his gun once, striking Sgt. John Mattingly in a thigh. Police responded by firing several shots, striking Taylor five times. Hankison shot 10 rounds blindly into the apartment.
Walker told investigators that Taylor coughed and struggled to breathe for at least five minutes after she was shot, according to The Louisville Courier Journal. An ambulance on standby outside the apartment had been told to leave about an hour before the raid, counter to standard practice. As officers called an ambulance back to the scene and struggled to render aid to their colleague, Taylor was not given any medical attention.
It was not until 12:47 a.m., about five minutes after the shooting, that emergency personnel realized she was seriously wounded, after her boyfriend called 911.
The Jefferson County coroner told the Courier-Journal that Taylor most likely died less than a minute after she was shot and could not have been saved.
Jamarcus Glover, Taylor’s ex-boyfriend whose alleged packages led police to her door that night, was arrested on Aug. 27, 2020, in possession of drugs, according to a charging document. He told the Courier-Journal that Taylor had no involvement in the drug trade.
No drugs were found in Taylor’s apartment.
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