Body Camera Footage Shows Detailed Aftermath of Breonna Taylor’s Killing

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Body camera footage from the night Breonna Taylor was killed has been released by the Louisville Metro Police Department, CBS News reports. The footage raises questions about why Taylor’s home was targeted.

More than 250 videos and over 4,000 pages of documents were released on Wednesday, one of which shows Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, outside the home after she had been shot telling the police that his partner had died.

“Who else is in the apartment?” an officer asks Walker. “Nobody,” he replied. “My girlfriend’s dead.”

The SWAT team then enters the home and designates the residence a crime scene. One officer is then heard saying “We have to be mindful of what we say, we are on camera now.” After checking Taylor’s pulse, a member of the SWAT team can be heard saying “she’s done,” per TMZ. The outlet also points out that the graphic video shows “bloodstains on walls … and Breonna’s body on the floor.”

The files and footage surface as the country is still seeking justice for Taylor’s death. Investigators are still looking into the validity of the initial warrant that caused Taylor’s death. Per police records, the warrant was being served because of communication Taylor allegedly had with her ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover. Glover was the target of a narcotics sting but insists that he hadn’t spoken to Taylor in months.

“Me and Bre ain’t been around each other in over two months, damn near two months,” Glover told the police during a recorded interrogation.

The Louisville police chief is continuing the investigation into the raid. At the moment, none of the three officers involved in the shooting have been directly charged with Taylor’s death, while former detective Brett Hankison pleaded not guilty to three counts of wanton endangerment, after he shot into the neighboring apartment,

Vice News releases body camera video that purports to show moments after officers raided Breonna Taylor’s apartment

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New body camera footage obtained by Vice News purportedly shows what happened on March 13 in the moments after Louisville Metro Police officers raided the home of Breonna Taylor, who was shot and killed.



Image from a video shows an officer, which Vice News says appears to be former Louisville police Detective Brett Hankison, entering Breonna Taylor's apartment after the shootings and ask about shell casings that are on the floor. He's soon told by another unidentified officer that he should "back out" until the department's Public Integrity Unit arrives. Hankison's attorney declined to comment on the video.


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Image from a video shows an officer, which Vice News says appears to be former Louisville police Detective Brett Hankison, entering Breonna Taylor’s apartment after the shootings and ask about shell casings that are on the floor. He’s soon told by another unidentified officer that he should “back out” until the department’s Public Integrity Unit arrives. Hankison’s attorney declined to comment on the video.

One video shows an officer, which Vice News says appears to be former Detective Brett Hankison, entering Taylor’s apartment after the shootings and ask about shell casings that are on the floor. He’s soon told by another unidentified officer that he should “back out” until LMPD’s Public Integrity Unit arrives. Hankison’s attorney declined to comment on the video.

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No officer who took part in the March 13 raid was charged for Taylor’s actual killing. A grand jury instead leveled three counts of felony wanton endangerment against Hankison, state Attorney General Daniel Cameron said last week. The counts pertain to Hankison allegedly firing blindly through a door and window, with bullets entering an adjacent apartment where a pregnant woman, a man and a child were home, according to the state attorney general.

Hankison pleaded not guilty to the charges on Monday.

In another video, which Vice News says was the moment Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker was arrested, an unidentified officer can be heard yelling instructions to “walk backwards” and to “place your hands in the air and get on your knees” as the officer threatens to let his service dog loose if Walker does not comply.

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New Body Camera Footage Contradicts Claims Made By Police About Breonna Taylor’s Death

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Hours of body camera footage from Louisville Metro Police Department officers and SWAT team members shed light on the circumstances surrounding Breonna Taylor’s murder. 

VICE News obtained footage and documents that have not previously been released on Saturday. The footage was captured by 45 different body cameras and was part of an investigative file compiled by the LMPD’s Public Integrity Unit that was shared with the state’s attorney general’s office. It shows that several policies were violated by the responding officers including that none of the officers were paired with an escort officer.

“I’ve never seen anything like this,” a former, unnamed Louisville police officer told VICE News. “This is not how it’s supposed to work.”

Adding to this, the footage shows that the main suspects in Taylor’s murder—Detectives Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove, and Mike Campbell, and Lieutenant Shawn Hoover—were still allowed to be on the scene even after SWAT officers declared Taylor dead and the residence an active crime scene. 

The footage also serves as evidence that supports Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker’s, testimony. The ballistic report that was released along with the footage counters Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s claims that Walker shot a police officer during the no-knock warrant that resulted in Taylor’s death. Cameron ruled out “friendly fire” but the report from the Kentucky State Police says that it could neither confirm nor deny that Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly was shot by Walker “due to limited markings of comparative value.”

So far, no one has been held accountable for Taylor’s murder. Sgt. John Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove were hit with first-degree wanton endangerment charges on Wednesday for the bullets that missed Taylor and could have harmed other people. This decision was seemingly based on the evidence/footage that has now been proven to be part of layers of misconduct.

Boyd Matheson: Breonna Taylor’s case nods to a crucial conversation

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People who are losing the capacity to feel reverence are in danger of losing a great deal more. As a society we have lost much when it comes to reverence over the last several decades, and especially over the past year. Reverence for life, reverence for others, reverence for principles of justice and equality, reverence for freedom — have all been eroded by erroneous, egocentric thinking and the cancer of contempt. When it comes to reverence we simply cannot afford to lose much more.

Author Jeff Woodward stated, “Without reverence, people do not know how to respect each other or how to respect themselves. Without reverence an army cannot tell the difference between what it is and a gang of bandits. In our technology driven society, reverence has fallen beneath the horizons of our intellectual vision.”

The tragic shooting death of Breonna Taylor by law enforcement officers in Louisville, Kentucky, is part of a long-overdue critical conversation for the nation. Only one officer involved in the tragedy was charged criminally. (That is a separate crucial conversation for another column.) The charge for the one officer was first degree wanton endangerment. Kentucky statute provides a definition for the charge as, “Extreme indifference to human life.” There is a lesson in that definition for all of us.

Extreme indifference to human life is the opposite of reverence. Indifference isn’t just about disregarding danger and another person’s safety. Indifference is also reflected in the attention we give to others and the value we place on others’ opinions, life-experiences and perceptions. Too often, it is easier to be indifferent and fill our lives with pleasant distractions than it is to lean into reverence and respect for others — especially with those we encounter who are different or have differing world-views.

Erwin Lutzer once described