Shooting of Breonna Taylor

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On March 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old African-American emergency medical technician, was shot and killed by Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers.

That day, three police officers came to her apartment. The officers wore everyday clothing, they were not in uniform. As they had a search warrant for drugs, there was no way of refusing them entry. Taylor's boyfriend Kenneth Walker and the officers shot at each other. When Walker was questioned, he said he believed that the officers were intruders. The LMPD officers fired over twenty shots. Taylor was shot eight times[1] and LMPD sergeant Mattingly was injured by gunfire.

Another police officer and an LMPD lieutenant were on the scene when the warrant was executed.[2] No drugs were found in the apartment.

According to a lawsuit filed against the police by the Taylor family's lawyers, the officers entered the home without knocking or announcing that they were police officers.[3]

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  1. Bailey, Tessa Duvall, Darcy Costello and Phillip M. (May 14, 2020). "Senator Kamala Harris demands federal investigation of police shooting of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky". USA TODAY. Archived from the original on 2020-05-13. Retrieved 2020-05-13.
  2. Costello, Darcy (16 May 2020). "Who are the 3 Louisville officers involved in the Breonna Taylor shooting?". Courier Journal. Retrieved 31 May 2020. At least two other police officers, a lieutenant and an officer, were on the scene as a part of executing the warrant that night.
  3. Burke, Minyvonne (May 13, 2020). "Woman shot and killed by Kentucky police who entered wrong home, family says". NBC News. Archived from the original on May 14, 2020. Retrieved May 14, 2020.