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Breonna Taylor’s Attorney Tells Louisville Police: ‘Get Your Damn Story Straight’

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*Louisville police are allegedly “desperate” to cover up the execution of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor

Taylor was killed March 13 by officers after they stormed her home during a botched drug raid– firing more than 20 rounds into her apartment. 

The LMPD (Louisville Metro Police officers) were looking for a suspect already in custody who did not live at the victim’s apartment, according to a lawsuit filed by Taylor’s family. Officers went to the wrong complex, wrong unit and shot Breonna 8 times, MSN reports. 

Criticism of Louisville police is mounting as the disturbing case gains national attention. 

The LMPD conducted an improper raid when they burst in Taylor’s home (in plain clothes) without announcing their presence and fired at least 22 times, with bullets going into neighboring apartments, and “it was incredible that Mrs. Taylor was the only one killed,” said Rob Eggert, defense attorney for Talyor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker.  

Walker, a licensed gun owner, was inside the apartment at the time and he shot at the officers when they attempted to enter without announcing themselves, according to the lawsuit. He was not injured in the incident, but was arrested and has since been released. 

Police claim they began shooting after one of the officers was shot and injured by Walker. He’s now facing charges of first-degree assault and attempted murder of a police officer.

Taylor, who had no criminal record, died in her home.

No drugs were found in the home.

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The lawsuit filed against the LMPD claims the officers weren’t looking for Taylor or her boyfriend, the Louisville Courier Journal reports. 

“It seems to me like they’re just trying to cover their tracks from day one,” said Sam Aguiar, a Louisville-based attorney representing Taylor’s family. “And every single time they keep saying things that conflict with former things that really just looks like they’re so desperate to cover this up, and it’s why getting the truth in this case is so important.”

Eggert noted in court filings that Walker fired in self-defense, believing the home was being broken into because police didn’t announce themselves.

The family’s attorneys, including Louisville-based attorney Lonita Baker and prominent civil rights attorney Ben Crump, have outlined the missteps and corruption of LMPD.

Via Courier-Journal:

Walker’s attorney has written in a court motion that he believed someone was breaking into the home and acted in self-defense.

In the arrest citation — which lists a violation time of 12:43 a.m., with an arrest 17 minutes later — police wrote that after being read his rights, Walker admitted to being the “only person to shoot from inside of the apartment.”

But, in an affidavit signed by a judge less than three hours after Taylor was killed, an LMPD officer’s writing indicated police may have believed that Taylor had fired the gun.

“As the detectives attempted to make entry subject inside the residence was armed with a(n) unknown gun and fired shot striking a detective,” it said. “In the course of protecting themselves and other civilians detectives returned gunfire and struck the subject unknown number of times. The subject collapsed inside the listed residence and subsequently pronounced deceased on scene.”

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Breonna Taylor Kenneth Walker (Photo via GoFundMe)

Aguiar has slammed the LMPD’s conflicting report. 

“Get your damn story straight,” he said. “Again, they charged an individual for attempted murder of a police officer, but then you’re writing up documents, trying to suggest that this victim of this execution … is all of a sudden a suspect or responsible for shooting at these officers. Give me a break.”

Louisville police are allegedly attempting to connect Taylor to the narcotics investigation by way of suspected drug trafficker Jamarcus Glover. They two dated years ago and maintained what Aguiar called a “passive friendship.”

Via Courier-Journal:

In the warrant to search Taylor’s home, police say they observed Glover retrieve a USPS box from her home in January — two months before the warrant was executed — and said drug dealers are known to “receive mail packages at different locations to avoid detection from law enforcement. … Mr. J. Glover may be keeping narcotics and/or proceeds from the sale of narcotics at (Taylor’s address) for safekeeping.”

Aguiar called it “an isolated incident.” 

“Glover is seen carrying a package that they think contains some sort of drugs, then why in the world was he not pulled over right then and there?” he asked. “Because what you’ll see for Jamarcus Glover’s record is that the police have no qualms for pulling him over. He gets pulled over on average once a month.

“And if they really thought that Breonna Taylor was a place for him to pick up packages and that these packages contain things that they shouldn’t, why in the world are they waiting until the middle of March to execute a no-knock drug raid, into an apartment that had no rear exit, by the way?”

Aguiar called the warrant “another wild goose chase to try to get drug dealers” and that Taylor got “lumped right into the middle of it.

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Prominent Breonna Taylor Activist Fatally Shot in Louisville

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*Hamza “Travis” Nagdy, a young protest leader known for calling out the injustice done to Breonna Taylor, was shot and killed early Monday morning in Louisville, Kentucky. 

Nagdy, 21, was reportedly the victim of a suspected car jacking. According to USA Today, he was transported to University of Louisville Hospital, where he later died as a result of his injuries.

The Louisville Metro Police Department is investigating, and no suspects have been identified.

Nagdy is the the latest grassroots leader/advocate against anti-police brutality to die in a random attack that progressive and woke Black folk are giving the side-eye to. 

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“He’s irreplaceable,” said Antonio T-Made Taylor, an independent reporter who mentored the victim. “Travis really believed he could help change systemic racism. He believed he could be a big part of that change.

“What I’m hoping is he will become a symbol of the violence that’s going on, and people will finally give it the attention that we need to be giving to this record number of homicides in our city. …We’re just hoping that he will become a symbol of what great lives we are going to lose if we don’t wrap a movement around what’s going on.”

Maxwell Mitchell, who participated in many summer protests in Louisville, described Nagdy as a man with “a strong sense of strength, a sense of willingness to spend and give everything he had toward this” during a live video on Monday. 

“I can only assume that that energy is going to waft over all of us like a wildfire,” Mitchell said.

“Travis really believed he could help change systemic racism. He believed he could be a big part of that change,” said Taylor.

“What I’m hoping is he will become a symbol of the violence that’s going on, and people will finally give it the attention that we need to be giving to this record number of homicides in our city. …We’re just hoping that he will become a symbol of what great lives we are going to lose if we don’t wrap a movement around what’s going on,” he added. 

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Amazon Banned, Un-Banned Doc About Michael Brown’s Death that Indicts ‘American liberalism’ / WATCH

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*ST. AUGUSTINE, Florida — An African-American scholar who regularly upends the way mainstream U.S culture views race politics says white guilt and “enormously seductive” post-1960s liberalism, not racism, are responsible for the death of Michael Brown on a Ferguson, Missouri street in 2014.

Shelby Steele, a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institute, has long raised the hackles of progressives with his views on race relations, multiculturalism and affirmative action. His new documentary What Killed Michael Brown?, a collaboration with his award-winning filmmaker son Eli Steele, turns the culturally dominant view about the unarmed black teenager’s death on its head.

“We wanted to understand what really happened in Ferguson. What did it mean for us as Americans?” Eli told Zenger News. “And why had Americans responded to Ferguson the way it did? These questions about America’s response to Ferguson—not the actual shooting of Brown—were really what drove the focus of our documentary.”

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Award-winning filmmaker Eli Steele, in collaboration with his father Shelby Steele, released their new documentary “What Killed Michael Brown” to much acclaim. Eli Steele goes on the record with Zenger News. (Photo courtesy of Eli Steele)

The Steeles believe their conservative politics led to Amazon Prime Video initially pulling the plug on the documentary, which was slated to begin streaming on October 16. Amazon later reinstated the film.

“The film … is a unique take on race relations in the U.S. because it asks questions Black Lives Matter would not allow, for example, ‘Is Michael Brown in any way responsible for his own death?’” Steele said in a statement. “When Amazon decided to cancel [the film], they let themselves be captured by white guilt. Amazon doesn’t want justice for blacks, as they claim. They want the look of racial innocence attached to their brand.”

Amazon told the Steeles in an email that their film “doesn’t meet Prime Video’s content quality expectations” and that the company “will not be accepting resubmission of this title and this decision may not be appealed.”

Amazon did not respond to a request for comment.

The Poetic Truth

On screen, Shelby Steele stands in front of the Canfield Green apartment complex, just feet from where Michael Brown was killed and left in the street for four hours, while a narrator sets the tone: “Groups pass on their identity to their young by telling them cautionary tales, ‘Watch out for the whites.’ So if you’re black and you step outside of any of these apartments and see Michael Brown’s body … at that moment, before any evidence or witness testimony, all you can see is a victim of American racism.”

Steele’s unconventional approach is questionable, according to one scholar who argues that when black Americans talk about racism every individual has an individual story.

“Dr. Steele makes a long-standing argument that blacks are complicit in their own suffering,” said Dr. Donn Worgs, a political science professor and program director for the African and African American studies program at Towson University in Maryland. “It’s troubling to see people discount black people’s personal, lived experience. Any journalist worth his salt could go into [a black neighborhood in Ferguson] and talk to the people, and no doubt they’d all present different perspectives on how racism has touched them.”

Worgs says Steele is wrong to blame liberalism for Brown’s death, calling it a case of bad policing. That view is shared by the U.S. Department of Justice. “Black Lives Matter is a genius concept because it is critical of police violence and the systematic dehumanization of black people,” Worgs said. “Whether Brown committed a crime or not, he did not deserve to die. It’s not enough just to not kill innocent people; the police should not be killing guilty people either.”

Attorney General Eric Holder makes a separated statement on the unrest after the unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, during a major financial fraud announcement press conference August 21, 2014 at the Justice Department in Washington, DC. Holder spoke on the current situation in Ferguson one day after his visit to the town and met with Browns family, saying the investigation of the shooting will be thorough and will be fair, and Department of Justice stands with the people of Ferguson. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

White Guilt and Post-’60s Liberalism

The flip side of black victimization is white guilt, Steele says.

When U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder went to Ferguson in August 2014 to investigate Brown’s death, he came as both the nation’s top law enforcement official and “also as a black man,” leading some to believe his agenda was set beforehand and the Obama administration was already aligned against the Ferguson Police Department.

“Eric Holder came to Ferguson as an envoy of the Black Power movement, but there was no evidence of white racism in the shooting of Michael Brown,” Steele says in his film. “Where did he find the momentum to go on? I think it was white guilt. Since the ’60s, whites have lived under the accusation that they are racists. Thus, there is a compulsion to prove their innocence of racism. This compulsion is white guilt; it is not actual guilt.

“For Holder, it wasn’t just [police officer] Darren Wilson who pulled that trigger; it was the thousands of other officers dating back to the oppressions of slavery and segregation. The weight of all of that history is the measure of systemic racism today.”

Steele said modern American liberalism falsely promises to remove blacks from the grips of white supremacy.

“Back in the ’60s, we blacks made a very bad deal with America. We demanded that America help us develop,” he said. “But if that was logical, it was also naive. It seduced us into putting our faith right back into the hands of the same white America that had oppressed us in the first place.

“The liberalism that insists on Michael Brown being a victim of racism also makes him an invisible man. We have no chance to know what really ailed him when he arrived at that profoundly bad decision to slam his fist into the officer’s face, wrestle him for his gun and make that final, fateful charge at Officer Wilson. I don’t believe racism drove Darren Wilson to shoot Michael Brown. I think the motive was so simple as to be unbelievable: He feared for his life.”

Despite initial allegations that Brown poetically surrendered, hands in the air, before Wilson shot him dead, an investigation later proved that “Hands up, don’t shoot” was a fabrication.

Wilson was justified in using deadly force, Steele said.

Holder’s report concluded “that Ferguson police officers routinely violate the Fourth Amendment in stopping people without reasonable suspicion, arresting them without probable cause and using unreasonable force against them.”

ST. LOUIS, MO – NOVEMBER 26 : Demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown November 26, 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. Brown, a 18-year-old black male teenager was fatally wounded by Darren Wilson, a white Ferguson Police officer on August 9, 2014. A St. Louis County 12-member grand jury who reviewed evidence related to the shooting decided not to indict Wilson with charges sparking riots through out Ferguson. (Photo by Joshua Lott/Getty Images)

Black Conservatism in the Arena

Steele does have supporters who stick their necks out routinely to stir America’s race discussion.

“Black Lives Matter doesn’t give a damn about blacks. They care about a narrative based on Marxism and being an adjunct of the Democratic Party,” said Clarence McKee, a former Reagan administration official and author of How Obama Failed Black America and How Trump Is Helping It. “If you don’t think like they do, you can get blacked out in much of the mainstream media and corporate America. They do know how to make people feel guilty.”

Like the Steeles, McKee is a critic of “Critical Race Theory,” an academic discipline that drives much of today’s race politics.

Steele’s son, Eli, agreed. “The problem with the systemic racism argument is that it comes out of the Critical Race Theory, which demands that everything be viewed through racial lenses. While racism may explain things in some cases, it is often the exception and not the rule,” said the younger Steele.

Shelby Steele, research fellow at the Hoover Institution in Stanford, CA sits for a portrait in this undated photo. Shelby, who’s study specialty is race relations, multiculturalism, and affirmative action has published several books and articles on those subjects and has appeared on numerous national affairs and news programs. He is against slave reparations. (File photo courtesy of the Hoover Institution/Getty Images)

Big Tech as Censor?

Shelby Steele believes Amazon risked a massive backlash by trying to silence him, and predicts both ends of the political spectrum don’t like when billion-dollar technology companies play favorites.

“Political pressure is building on the left, which dislikes Big Tech’s success and size; and on the right, which resents its leftward bias in suppressing cultural messages it doesn’t want people to hear,” said Sandye McIntyre, an IT and management consultant.

“Amazon Prime Video isn’t a journalistic enterprise/news media outlet; it’s a content and distribution platform,” McIntyre said. “The leadership of many media and tech companies are biased, either toward the left or the right, but all are biased toward financial benefit, risk aversion and long-term survival.”

McIntyre also believes online platforms have an obligation to ensure they’re not providing a platform for misinformation and disinformation.

“The progressive roots of the Black Lives Matter movement have been falsely recast as violent, anti-American anarchy,” he said. “It’s possible that Amazon didn’t want to be complicit in smearing the movement … by streaming the documentary.”

(Edited by Allison Elyse Gualtieri and Anne Denbok.)



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Geo. Floyd’s Killer Derek Chauvin Has Divorce Settlement DENIED Due to Possibility of Fraud

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*A Washington County (Minnesota) judge has rejected a divorce settlement filed by Derek Chauvin’s estranged wife due to the possibility of fraud.

Days after Derek was officially charged with manslaughter and the murder of George Floyd, Kellie Chauvin filed for divorce on May 31. However, divorce attorneys have looked into the paperwork and claimed it may have been a ploy to protect their assets against lawsuits in civil court as reported by Star Tribune. Judge Juanita Freeman wrote in her ruling back in October that a “court has a duty to ensure that marriage dissolution agreements are fair and equitable. One badge of fraud is a party’s transfer of ‘substantially all’ of his or her assets.”

Attorney Marc Beyer stated due to the timing of the divorce filing, the court can suspect that there could be a possibility of fraud but it is still speculation.
“This is just speculation, but it’s possible that the [agreement] was intentionally drafted to get assets out of Chauvin’s name in anticipation of a civil judgment against him from the estate of George Floyd.

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