Guns: Innocent Woman killed in Bed By Cops

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Black woman shot and killed after Kentucky police entered her home as she slept, family says

Louisville Metro Police Department officers were looking for a suspect at the wrong home when they shot and killed Breonna Taylor, according to a lawsuit.

May 12, 2020, 5:51 PM CDT / Updated May 13, 2020, 6:13 AM CDT

A black woman was asleep in her Louisville, Kentucky, home when three police officers forced their way inside, "blindly fired" and killed her, according to a lawsuit filed by the woman's family.

Breonna Taylor, an EMT worker, died on March 13 after officers with the Louisville Metro Police Department executed a search warrant at the wrong home, the suit states.

Police at the time said the officers knocked on the door several times and “announced their presence as police who were there with a search warrant.” The officers forced their way in through the door and “were immediately met by gunfire,” Lt. Ted Eidem said at a March 13 press conference.


Breonna Taylor was a qualified EMT. 

Taylor's death gained national attention this week after the family hired attorney Ben Crump, who is also representing the family of Ahmaud Arbery, the black man in Georgia who died on Feb. 23 after being pursued and shot by two white men.

Gregory McMichael and his son Travis McMichael were arrested last week and charged with murder and aggravated assault in the Arbery case.

Crump called Taylor's death a "senseless killing."

"We stand with the family of this young woman in demanding answers from the Louisville Police Department," he said in a statement Monday on Twitter.

The attorney called out the police department for not taking responsibility and not providing "any answers regarding the facts and circumstances of how this tragedy occurred."

Crump joins Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker in representing the family.

The lawsuit states that Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were asleep in the bedroom when police in plain clothes and unmarked vehicles arrived at the house around 12:30 a.m.

The officers were looking for a suspect who lived in a different part of the city and was already in police custody.

The three officers entered Taylor's home "without knocking and without announcing themselves as police officers," the suit states.

The lawsuit says Taylor and Walker woke up and thought criminals were breaking in. Walker called 911 and, according to The Courier-Journal, police said he opened fire and shot an officer.

"The defendants then proceeded to spray gunfire into the residence with a total disregard for the value of human life," the lawsuit alleges. "Shots were blindly fired by the officers all throughout Breonna's home."

The suit states that Walker had a license to carry and kept firearms in the home for protection.

Taylor, 26, was shot eight times and died. Walker, 27, was arrested. According to jail records he's been charged with assault and attempted murder on a police officer. An attorney for Walker could not immediately be reached.

"Breonna had posed no threat to the officers and did nothing to deserve to die at their hands," the suit says, adding that she was unarmed.

"Neither of the two had any criminal history for drugs or violence," it states. No drugs were found in the home.

The gunfire from the officers struck objects in the living room, dining room, kitchen, hallway, bathroom and both bedrooms, according to the lawsuit.

"The officers failed to use any sound reasonable judgment whatsoever when firing more than 25 blind shots into multiple homes and causing the wrongful death of Breonna," according to the suit.

Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer, filed the lawsuit in April in Jefferson Circuit Court alleging wrongful death, excessive force and gross negligence.

A spokesperson for the Louisville Metro Police Department said, "Due to an ongoing internal investigation into this situation, we are not able to comment at this time."

The officers were identified by the police department at the March 13 press conference as Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove. All three were placed on administrative reassignment pending the outcome of an investigation.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said in a statement Tuesday that he was monitoring the case and talked to the police department's chief to ensure a thorough investigation.

"As always, my priority is that the truth comes out, and for justice to follow the path of truth," he said in a statement posted on Twitter. "The Breonna Taylor case is currently under investigation. Therefore, expansive comments are not appropriate until all the facts are fully known."

This is shame! Guns kill. CM

Comments

  • reformedreformed Posts: 2,849

    Looks like the EMT and family were in the wrong and police identified themselves.

  • C McC Mc Posts: 3,626

    What's wrong with people with guns? There seems to be a fundamental sickness among them. The American Second Amendment was conceived to kill, threat, take power, etc. It remains so today. What a shame! Christians shouldn't be found among these people. They have no legitimate authority or a part of the elected U. S. Government. They are "Demon Seeds" to destroy God's human beings. Guns were made to kill. CM

  • reformedreformed Posts: 2,849

    Yeah, you have no idea what you are talking about and listen to propaganda.

  • MitchellMitchell Posts: 598

    If it is true that "The officers were looking for a suspect who lived in a different part of the city and was already in police custody." then it looks like the Police officers were in the wrong and were main cause of this tragedy.

    On the other hand if anyone remembers the shooting of Amadou Diallo, (or rather the murder) I think it should be clear that police can and will kill innocent people (of any ethnicity, pigmentation, or religion) for any reason or none at all and get away with. Amadou wasn't the man Police were looking for, he didn't have gun (nor any other weapon), he could not speak/understand English well, and was reaching for his passport, and then was shot at 41 times, and hit 19 times and murdered.


    Now, please don't get me wrong I like totally respect the American constitutional right to have and use guns, but I do so from far, far, away.

  • C McC Mc Posts: 3,626
    edited May 18

    Now, please don't get me wrong I like totally respect the American constitutional right to have and use guns, but I do so from far, far, away.

    Mitch,

    What does this statement above means?

    "...respect the American constitutional right to ... use guns". For what? Where? On whom? Is this something American or any Christians, anywhere, should be engaged? Killing people and God creation (animals)? Killing a woman in her house, in her bed, at night? What madness is this, you're endorsing?

    Is not, Christians should promote life, care for nature and the environment? The Second Amendment was conceived in fear, hate, shame, force, and to hold on to ill-gotten gains. Even those who supposedly trained (cops) to use guns, can't shoot straight. Many of them exercised a pattern of bad judgment. Please, Mitch, don't align yourself with "weapons of war and death" or murderous organizations that promote, manufacture, and treasure guns. CM


    PS. There isn't and will not be any Guns in heaven. Christians get over your addiction with guns and the American Second Amendment. CM

  • MitchellMitchell Posts: 598

    CM,

    Thanks for the questions.

    Allow me to elaborate...

    (1) Respect does not mean to agree with something or somebody! At least not as I use the term. I can respect someone without agreeing with them, and I can also respectfully disagree with someone or something.

    (2) I respect (i.e. understand /cognitively know) that the US constitution gives people the right to have guns as well as other weapons and because of that cognitive understanding of mine I have deliberately chosen to live in a country that does not give people such rights.

    (3) Where? Far, far, far away both physically by distance and far away ideological from both politically western 'conservative' and progressive/liberal ideologies.

    (4) Re-read my post above taking note of my definition the word 'respect', paying close attention to the examples I used, and keeping in mind that my post is written sarcastically. Now CM where do you think my loyalties? With whom do you think I am alignned?


    Grace and Peace

  • C McC Mc Posts: 3,626

    Mitch,

    Thanks for the clarification of your position. I hope you're not disliked, in CD, for it. CM

  • C McC Mc Posts: 3,626


    Guns were made to kill. There is a sickness among gun owners, especially, of those who supposed to trained and authorized to carry one. Shot in the head?

    NYPD officer charged with murder in shooting death of childhood friend on Long Island

    The men grew up together and lived near each other on Long Island, the Nassau County police commissioner said.


    May 21, 2020, 12:18 PM CDT / Updated May 21, 2020, 5:11 PM CDT By Janelle Griffith


    An off-duty officer with the New York Police Department who fatally shot a childhood friend last week on Long Island has been arrested and charged with murder, officials said.


    Errick Allen, 27, of North Massapequa, was charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Christopher Curro, 25, of West Babylon, New York Attorney General Letitia James said in a statement Thursday.


    Allen pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on Thursday and is being held without bail. He faces a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison if convicted.


    Authorities allege that shortly after 8 p.m. on May 12, outside of a home in Farmingdale, Allen shot Curro five times. Curro was hit twice in the head at close range with Allen's NYPD service weapon.

    Allen initially fled the scene, James said, but returned some time later in the evening.


    Officers received a 911 call, and upon their arrival found the victim dead, Nassau County police said.

    "There was an altercation between two gentlemen. It started over a conversation that they were having," Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said last week. "They met up, a struggle ensued, during that struggle a weapon was produced and the victim was shot and killed."

    What more proof is needed? Guns are from Satan's tool kit. They are not to be in the hands or in the homes of Christians. God can and will take care of his people. CM

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