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Recordings in Breonna Taylor Case Raise Questions Over Handling of Operation

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Contributing Writer | Telegraph Local

Confusion and chaos seemed to be perceived as the main problems when discussing the handling of the Breonna Taylor case.

Details of the chaos and confusion during the raid that resulted in the 26-year-old Black woman’s death were revealed in 15 hours of audio recordings released Friday.

They contained testimony and recorded interviews presented last month to the Kentucky grand jury that decided not to charge any Louisville police officers for killing Taylor, according to WRDW.

It’s extremely rare that the public gets to take a look into grand jury proceedings, which are typically kept secret. The recordings give insight into what happened as police fired 32 shots in the last moments of Taylor’s life.

So far, nothing in the recordings appeared to change from the facts of what the public was previously told, but the recordings reveal that the public isn’t always told everything involving these types of cases.

Some interesting facts:

  • The recordings also do not include any discussion of potential criminal action on the part of the officers who shot Taylor because 
  • Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron determined beforehand that they had acted in self-defense. As a result, he did not seek charges against police in her killing.
  • In a police interview played for the grand jury, Hoover said the officers announced themselves as police and knocked three times. He estimated they waited 45 seconds to a minute before going through the door.
  • Kenneth Walker, who was in the apartment with Ms. Taylor, said he heard knocking, but that police did not respond to his and Taylor’s repeated requests that whoever was at the door identify themselves. He told police that he grabbed his gun, and they both got up and walked toward the door.

The Courier-Journal says that the recordings also revealed that no master plan existed for the search other than what was written on a whiteboard, according to Detective Herman Hall, of the attorney general’s office.

Another detective from the office said the warrant was executed as a “knock-and-announce.” Neighbors dispute that, with all but one saying they never heard anyone shout, “Police.”

In one interview, Public Integrity Unit sergeants accept the disjointed recollection of Detective Myles Cosgrove — one of two officers whose rounds struck and killed Taylor — who said he vaguely remembered shooting at a “distorted shadowy” figure he said he saw inside Taylor’s home.

A woman who called 911 and lived nearby told investigators an officer on-scene told her in a recorded Facebook Live video that “some drug-dealing girl shot at the police.” She asked if he was sure and he reiterated: “Some drug-dealing girl shot an officer.”

Breonna Taylor hadn’t shot anyone, and she had no drug history.

Due to certain upcoming litigations, some things cannot be commented on according to police.

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