Monday, November 29, 2021

Breonna Taylor Incident Report Released, Louisville Mayor Calls It ‘Unacceptable’

Breonna Taylor
Breonna Taylor (photo via Twitter)

*Louisville Police have finally released the incident report regarding the death of Breonna Taylor, and it offers few details of the disturbing tragedy that sparked days of protests in the city.

Taylor was shot eight times by narcotics detectives during a botched and illegal drug raid of her apartment on March 18. Kenneth Walker, the victim’s boyfriend, was also inside at time and fired once and struck an officer (believing him to be an intruder). There is no mention of Walker in the incident report.

The Louisville Metro Police released the four-page incident report almost three months after Taylor’s killing and a significant amount of the information about what went down that night has been redacted.

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Breonna and Kenneth
Breonna Taylor and Kenneth Walker (Photo via GoFundMe)

via Complex:

The time, date, case number, incident location, and victim’s name are all listed in the report, which also confirms Taylor’s age. Her street number, apartment number, and date of birth, meanwhile, have all been redacted. Her injuries are listed in the report as “none,” even though she was shot by officers at least eight times. She died at the scene in her hallway, attorneys for her family said. Additionally, the report states that there was no “forced entry” into the apartment, but it’s already been revealed they used a battering ram to knock down the door to her apartment.

The Louisville Metro Police department said errors in the report are due to a programming/technical issue.

“Inaccuracies in the report are unacceptable to us, and we are taking immediate steps to correct the report and to ensure the accuracy of incident reports going forward,” the department said in a statement.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer called the report “unacceptable” in a statement issued on Wednesday.

“Full stop. It’s issues like this that erode public confidence in LMPD’s ability to do its job, and that’s why I’ve ordered an external top-to-bottom review of the department,” he said. “I am sorry for the additional pain to the Taylor family and our community.”

The three officers involved in the shooting, Sgt. Jon Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove, and Brett Hankison, are also named in the report. Each has been placed on administrative reassignment while the case is being investigated.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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