Breonna Taylor

On March 13, 2020, Breonna Taylor and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker were asleep in their apartment.  The Louisville Metro Police Department executed a no-knock warrant at their address.  Shots were fired by both parties. Breonna Taylor was killed and Kenneth Walker sustained injuries. These are the stories about this case.

The Breonna Taylor Case

Thrive Causemetics donates $100,000 towards Breonna Taylor Memorial Scholarship

BY Erin Wilson

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The city of Louisville has honored Breonna Taylor with memorials, protests and even art exhibits. Now one cosmetics business is giving back to honor Taylor's aspirations of becoming a nurse and hoping others will be inspired to do the same.

In honor of Breonna Taylor, Thrive Causemetics Inc. donated $100,000 to the University of Louisville as they launched the Breonna Taylor Memorial Endowment. The Breonna Taylor Memorial Scholarship fund will support students hoping to pursue a career in nursing, like junior Ameerah Abdulnur.

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Judge cuts bond in half for former LMPD detective Brett Hankison



LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A judge has reduced former Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) detective Brett Hankison's bond to $7,500, previously $15,000. Hankison is the only officer involved in the raid on Breonna Taylor's apartment to face charges. They are not directly tied to her death.

Hankison faces three counts of wanton endangerment stemming from the shots investigators said he fired blindly into a neighboring apartment during the raid on Taylor's home last year.

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Former LMPD detective Joshua Jaynes sues to get job back

BY Erin Kelly

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Former Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) detective Joshua Jaynes is suing the LMPD Police Merit Board to get his job back. Jaynes was fired in Jan. and accused of lying on a search warrant that was used to justify the raid on Breonna Taylor's home, ultimately leading to her death. The board unanimously upheld Jaynes' termination in June.

The lawsuit states the board's findings and orders "included false facts and erroneous facts which resulted in an arbitrary decision not supported by facts."

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AG Cameron: Breonna Taylor grand jury 'ultimately decided' charges

BY Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky attorney general who investigated the Breonna Taylor case continues to insist the decision not to charge any police officers in her death was “ultimately” in the grand jury’s hands, though some jurors have complained they were limited in what crimes they could consider.

Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron, speaking to The Associated Press on Thursday, faced months of blistering criticism for his handling of the case. He said he hopes people recognize that his role was to “look at the facts as they are, and not how a particular narrative is being driven by particular people.”

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LMPD board upholds termination of Joshua Jaynes for lying on Breonna Taylor warrant

BY Erin Kelly
UPDATED 8:23 PM ET Jun. 30, 2021

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After a hearing lasting three days to appeal his termination, the Louisville Police Merit Board voted unanimously to uphold the termination of former LMPD detective Joshua Jaynes. Jaynes was fired and accused of lying on a search warrant that was used to justify a raid on Breonna Taylor's home, ultimately leading to her death.

"I move that the board uphold the decision of the chief of police to terminate Joshua Jaynes," one board member said upon reaching their decision.

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Jonathan Mattingly, LMPD officer shot during Breonna Taylor raid, plans to retire

BY Bryce Shreve
UPDATED 11:08 AM ET Apr. 29, 2021

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly is the only officer involved in the no-knock raid that killed Breonna Taylor still employed by the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD), but he plans on retiring soon.

Officer Beth Ruoff confirmed in an email that Mattingly's planned retirement is set for June 1, but she added that the date is preliminary.

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Justice Department’s LMPD investigation follows Ferguson, Baltimore, Chicago probes

BY Ashleigh Mills

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) probe of Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) isn’t exactly unique. There have been investigations into possible patterns of civil rights violations in Ferguson, Baltimore and Chicago to name a few.

On Monday, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the investigation of LMPD.

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Department of Justice investigates Louisville Police Department

BY Adam K. Raymond and Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 6:10 AM ET Apr. 27, 2021

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Monday that the Department of Justice has launched a civil investigation into the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) to "determine whether LMPD engages in a pattern or practice of violations of the constitution or federal law."

Garland said the investigation will look into whether LMPD has a pattern of using "unreasonable force," whether it engages in "unconstitutional stops, searches and seizures," whether it "unlawfully executes search warrants on private homes," and whether it discriminates based on race or disability.

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Former LMPD officer's trial pushed back, set to start in 2022



LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Former LMPD Detective Brett Hankison appeared in court Friday morning for a hearing where he learned his trial wouldn't be held until 2022.

In the same week Derek Chauvin’s verdict was issued, Brett Hankison appeared in Jefferson County Court for a pretrial hearing. During the hearing, Judge Ann Bailey Smith cited COVID-19 precautions would make an August start date too difficult.

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Publisher moves forward with book by LMPD cop wounded in Breonna Taylor raid after distributor pulls out

BY Associated Press and Bryce Shreve

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The publisher of memoir by a Louisville police officer who fired at Breonna Taylor after being shot during the deadly raid on Taylor’s apartment said it will release the book even though its distributor, Simon & Schuster, announced it would “not be involved.”

Post Hill Press, based outside of Nashville, Tennessee, has scheduled a fall release for Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly’s “The Fight For Truth: The Inside Story Behind the Breonna Taylor Tragedy.”

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No-knock warrants bill signed into law

BY Erin Kelly

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Gov. Andy Beshear has signed a bill into law that restricts no-knock warrants in Kentucky.

Tamika Palmer, the mother of Breonna Taylor, stood behind the governor Friday at the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage.

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Judge Rules Hankison's Trial Will Proceed in Jefferson County



LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A judge decided that former LMPD officer Brett Hankison’s trial will take place in Jefferson County, despite the efforts of Hankison's legal team to change the venue.

Hankison faces three counts of wanton endangerment stemming from the shots investigators said he fired blindly into a neighboring apartment during the raid on Breonna Taylor’s home in March of last year.

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Change of Venue Hearing Set for Fired LMPD Officer Brett Hankison

BY Amber Smith
UPDATED 6:08 AM ET Mar. 25, 2021

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Fired LMPD officer Brett Hankison wants his trial to take place outside of Jefferson County. Hankison faces three counts of wanton endangerment stemming from the three shots investigators say he fired blindly into a neighboring apartment during the raid on Breonna Taylor’s home in March last year.

Hankison’s lawyer, Stew Matthews, told Spectrum News 1 he does not think they could find an unbiased jury in Jefferson County because of the publicity around Breonna Taylor’s death.

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A Look At What Speakers Said Saturday Demanding Justice For Breonna Taylor

BY Eileen Street

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Hundreds gathered at Jefferson Square Park in Louisville on Saturday to continue demanding justice for Breonna Taylor on the one year anniversary, March 13, that she was fatally shot by Louisville police last year.

“She was like my best friend. She was like my sister. We grew up in the same house together since we was young,” said Damian Smith, who asked his name be changed for privacy because he is Breonna Taylor’s cousin. The 29-year-old traveled with family from Grand Rapids, Mich. to be there for the a day that included multiple speakers and a march.

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Hundreds Rally in Louisville One Year After Breonna Taylor's Death

BY Adam K. Raymond
UPDATED 9:15 PM ET Mar. 13, 2021

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Several hundred people gathered in downtown Louisville Saturday to mark the one-year anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s killing at the hands of Louisville police. Members of Taylor’s family, along with local and national activists, honored the memory of the 26-year-old former EMT and continued to call for the arrest and prosecution of the police officers involved in her death.

“We pray that every officer and every elected official that had anything to do with the murder of Breonna Taylor would be arrested, convicted, and put in prison, as soon as you would deem,” Pastor Timothy Findley said in an opening prayer to the crowd, which spilled on to the streets surrounding Jefferson Square Park, dubbed "Injustice Square Park" by regular protesters.

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March Toward Racial Equity: Remembering Breonna Taylor

BY Brandon Roberts , Khyati Patel , Mario Anderson , Ashleigh Mills and Adam K. Raymond
UPDATED 7:56 PM ET Mar. 13, 2021

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville became the epicenter of claims of racial injustice in law enforcement on March 13, 2020, when 26-year-old Breonna Taylor was shot and killed by police officers serving a no-knock warrant at her home.

Hundreds of thousands of marchers protested in Louisville during the summer months. Curfews were set, people were injured and arrested. Celebrities and athletes joined the calls for the officers to be arrested as Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and a grand jury took center stage in the aftermath.

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One Year Later, Breonna Taylor's Family Calls for Justice to be Served

BY Brennon Gurley
UPDATED 7:47 PM ET Mar. 11, 2021

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It’s been almost one year since the deadly police raid that claimed the life of Breonna Taylor.

363 days have passed since 26-year-old Breonna Taylor was shot and killed at the hands of the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD). Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were in their bed when police executed a no-knock search warrant, the facts of which were allegedly falsified by Detective Joshua Jaynes.

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Judge Ends Shooting Case Against Breonna Taylor’s Boyfriend, Kenneth Walker

BY Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A judge in Kentucky has signed an order permanently closing a criminal case against Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend, who shot a police officer during the deadly raid that killed Taylor.

Prosecutors dismissed an attempted murder of a police officer charge against Kenneth L. Walker in May, about two months after Taylor’s death. But prosecutors left open the opportunity to revisit the charge against Walker if new evidence surfaced.

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Supporters of "Breonna's Law" Caravan To Capitol Steps



FRANKFORT, Ky. — A woman wearing a "Breonna Taylor" face mask walked up the first few steps in front of the Kentucky State Capitol early Tuesday evening.

She raised a sequin-covered bullhorn to her mouth and looked below at a crowd of a few dozen who had just parked their cars in the street and gotten out.

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Senate Unanimously Passes Bill To Limit No-Knock Warrants in Kentucky

BY Joe Ragusa
UPDATED 1:51 PM ET Feb. 26, 2021

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A bill to significantly limit when no-knock warrants can be issued cleared the Kentucky Senate unanimously on Thursday.

Following the death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville after the execution of a no-knock warrant last year, many criminal justice reform advocates called for a ban on such warrants.

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New Exhibit at Speed Art Museum To Honor Life of Breonna Taylor



LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Speed Art Museum announced its next exhibition, titled "Promise, Witness, Remembrance," will reflect on the life of Breonna Taylor, her death last year, and the protests which gripped Louisville over the summer. The exhibit will open to the public on Wednesday, April 7, and run through June 6, 2021.

"The exhibition explores the dualities between a personal, local story and the nation's reflection on the promise, witness, and remembrance of too many Black lives lost to gun violence," said a release from the museum.

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Impeachment Petition Filed Against Ky. Attorney General Daniel Cameron

BY Bryce Shreve and Associated Press

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A petition seeking the impeachment of Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) was filed Friday by three grand jurors who criticized his handling of an investigation into Breonna Taylor’s shooting death by police on March 13, 2020.

Petitioners allege Cameron breached public trust and failed to comply with his duties as the state’s chief law enforcement official. They do not accuse him of any crimes, but impeachment is not considered a criminal proceeding.

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Brett Hankison Trial to Begin in August



LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The trial date for former Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) Detective Brett Hankison has been set for Aug. 21, 2021. Hankison is the only officer involved in the death of Breonna Taylor to face charges.

Hankison is charged with three counts of wanton endangerment, none of which are directly tied to Taylor's death. Rather, they stem from bullets that entered a neighboring apartment.

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Two LMPD Officers Involved in Breonna Taylor Investigation Officially Fired


UPDATED 2:35 PM ET Jan. 06, 2021

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Two Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers involved in the investigation that led to Breonna Taylor’s death have officially been fired. Mayor Greg Fischer confirmed their termination during the announcement that Erika Shields would serve as LMPD’s next police chief.

Last week, detectives Joshua Jaynes and Myles Cosgrove received pre-termination letters.

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Former Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields to Lead LMPD

BY Deborah Harbsmeier
UPDATED 10:14 AM ET Jan. 06, 2021

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Former Atlanta Police Chief Erika Shields will serve as Louisville Metro Police Department's next permanent police chief, Mayor Greg Fischer announced Wednesday morning. She will assume the position Jan. 19.

Over the summer, Shields resigned from her position in Atlanta after an officer shot and killed 27-year-old Rayshard Brooks, leading to protests in the city.

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Officer Accused of Lying on Taylor Warrant Should Not Be Disciplined, Lawyer Says

BY Adam K. Raymond
UPDATED 5:24 PM ET Dec. 30, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A lawyer for Detective Joshua Jaynes, who is accused of lying on the search warrant used to enter Breonna Taylor’s apartment, told Spectrum News 1 Wednesday that his client did “nothing wrong” and “does not deserve any kind of discipline, let alone a termination.”

The comments come in response to a pre-termination letter sent by interim police chief Yvette Gentry, who wrote that she intends to fire Jaynes from the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD).

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Officials Respond to Termination Letters Received By Officers Involved in Breonna Taylor Investigation

BY Associated Press
UPDATED 11:18 AM ET Dec. 30, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Local officials are responding to notice of termination letters received by officers involved in the investigation that led to Breonna Taylor's death.

The Louisville Metro Police Department on Tuesday issued a termination letter to Detective Joshua Jaynes, saying he violated two department standards when he lied on a search warrant used to raid Taylor's apartment.

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Two Officers Involved in Breonna Taylor Investigation Receive Termination Letters


UPDATED 11:20 AM ET Dec. 30, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Two officers involved in the investigation that led to Breonna Taylor's death are set to be fired.

The Louisville Metro Police Department on Tuesday issued a termination letter to Detective Joshua Jaynes, saying he violated two department standards when he lied on a search warrant used to raid Taylor's apartment.

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Kentucky Board Won't Appoint New Special Prosecutor in Breonna Taylor Case

BY Adam K. Raymond

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A request by Breonna Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, for the appointment of a new prosecutor in her daughter’s case was denied Friday by the Kentucky Prosecutors Advisory Council (PAC), which said that it doesn’t have the authority to make such an appointment.

“The attorney general is the chief law enforcement officer of the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the Prosecutors Advisory Council's duties and responsibilities as authorized under Kentucky law simply do not allow for the Prosecutors Advisory Council to usurp the authority of the attorney general,” Christopher T. Cohron, the Commonwealth's Attorney for the Eighth Judicial Circuit and a member of the council, said at Friday’s meeting. “Quite simply put we do no have the legal authority to fulfill the request that has been submitted.”

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Executive Order Signed by Mayor Fischer Declares Racism a Public Health Crisis


UPDATED 5:26 PM ET Dec. 01, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A new Executive Order signed by Mayor Greg Fischer declares racism a public health crisis in Louisville.

Fischer signed the order Tuesday, outlining the societal, economic, physical, and mental health impacts of racism on Black Louisville residents and the city as a whole.

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Breonna Taylor Grand Jurors Say They Felt Other Charges Could Have Been Pursued

BY Associated Press

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky man who served on the Breonna Taylor grand jury said he felt police actions on the night of her death were “criminal” but grand jurors were not given the chance to explore charges related to her shooting death by officers.

Two grand jurors, one a white man and the other an African American man, have spoken out about the grand jury proceedings through statements but have remained anonymous.

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AG's Office Asks Court to Seal Discovery for Hankison's Trial

BY Spectrum News Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — During former Louisville Metro Police Department Detective Brett Hankison's pre-trial conference Wednesday morning, Judge Ann Bailey Smith heard arguments about whether or not the court should reverse its order to place discovery for the case into the court file.

Ahead of Wednesday's conference, the Attorney General's Office, along with Hankison's attorney Stewart Matthews, asked the court to reconsider its decision and instead keep the discovery sealed. The Courier-Journal, represented by attorney Michael Abate, motioned to intervene.

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Grand Juror From Breonna Taylor Case Can Speak Out About Case

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 5:56 PM ET Oct. 20, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A judge has ruled that the anonymous grand juror from the Breonna Taylor case may speak publicly about the grand jury proceedings.

"As applied in this case, this Court finds that the traditional justifications for secrecy in this matter are no longer relevant and that the ends of justice require disclosure," wrote Judge Annie O'Connell in the order.

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Justice For Breonna Taylor Has Led Protesters To Feel A Sense Of Community

BY Eileen Street

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Sunday marked 137 days of protests in Louisville, and rain or shine, a dozen people to over 1,000 marching, peaceful to chaotic, someone has always been at Jefferson Square Park protesting for justice for Breonna Taylor, and along the way, a community has been created.

When the protests started in late May, Denorver Garrett used to drive from Cincinnati to participate. He can easily be spotted during a march because he carries a giant wooden cross, but when Garrett isn’t protesting, he has a hair trimmer in his hands.

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More Accounts of What Happened at Breonna Taylor's Apartment from Police Files

BY Ashleigh Mills

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — There are many hours of video of officers giving accounts of what happened in the early morning hours of March 13 at Breonna Taylor's home, revealed in the release of Louisville Metro Police Department's (LMPD) Public Integrity Unit (PIU) file. Spectrum News 1 began going through and sharing information earlier this week. Included in the recordings is an interview with Detective Joshua Jaynes, the first time hearing from the officer who secured the search warrant for Taylor's apartment.

"These are our warrants. I mean, we all had a hand in this," Jaynes is heard telling investigators.

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Harvard Economist Argues Breonna Taylor is a Victim of America's Failed War on Drugs

BY Eva McKend

WASHINGTON, D.C. — As Breonna Taylor's family and demonstrators continue to demand more transparency surrounding the events that led to her death, Harvard economist Jeffrey Miron questions why law enforcement across the country are instructed to take on complicated drug investigations in the first place.

Taylor was fatally shot by Louisville police in March during the execution of a no-knock warrant. No drugs were found in Taylor's apartment.

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Daniel Cameron Asks Court to Keep Grand Juror from Speaking

BY Adam K. Raymond
UPDATED 6:10 PM ET Oct. 07, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Attorney General Daniel Cameron has asked a court to keep an anonymous grand juror who heard evidence in the Breonna Taylor investigation from speaking publicly about the proceedings.

“As I’ve stated prior, I have no concerns with a grand juror sharing their thoughts or opinions about me and my office’s involvement in the matter involving the death of Ms. Breonna Taylor,” Cameron said in a statement. “However, I have concerns with a grand juror seeking to make anonymous and unlimited disclosures about the grand jury proceedings."

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Dozen of Videos, Interview Transcripts Released from LMPD Taylor Investigation

BY Ashleigh Mills and Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 10:30 PM ET Oct. 07, 2020

LOUISIVLLE, Ky. — The Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) released its Public Integrity Unit's (PIU) investigative files on the Breonna Taylor case Wednesday, according to Mayor Greg Fischer.

"Following the decision of the Grand Jury announced by Attorney General Daniel Cameron, it was important to release the PIU files as quickly as possible to the public, after making necessary redactions," Fischer said. "Much of the information in these files was included in records from the Grand Jury proceedings that were released last week."

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Felony Rioting Charges Dropped Against Rep. Attica Scott, Others

BY Spectrum News Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jefferson County Attorney Mike O'Connell is dismissing the felony riot charges against 18 people, including state Rep. Attica Scott, from protests on the night of Sept. 24.

Scott, who represents Louisville, was charged with failure to disperse, unlawful assembly and riot in the first degree, a felony.

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Mayor Fischer Rescinds State of Emergency, Lifts Traffic Restrictions

BY Spectrum News Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mayor Greg Fischer, through an executive order, has rescinded the State of Emergency he enacted in late September. The State of Emergency came as the city prepared for a decision in the Breonna Taylor case.

Through the same order, Fischer also announced the remaining barricades on Fifth, Sixth, Jefferson, and Liberty streets will be removed and parking restrictions in downtown Louisville will be lifted.

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Kentucky Alliance Calls for Special Prosecutor to Re-open Breonna Taylor Case

BY Eileen Street

The demands for the appointment of a special prosecutor come over a week after the attorney general’s office announced the grand jury charged only former Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officer Brett Hankison with three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree. There were no charges directly related to Taylor’s death.

On Friday, the attorney general's office released about 15 hours of recordings from the grand jury following a judge's order. Harrison claims the recordings show the case presented to the grand jury was biased.

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Breonna Taylor Case: The Most Anticipated Tape Release in Louisville

BY Adam K. Raymond

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Roughly 15 hours of recorded grand jury proceedings in the Breonna Taylor investigation were made public Friday, giving the public a rare look at a typically secretive process and revealing new information about how Attorney General Daniel Cameron conducted his probe into the 26-year-old's March 13 killing.

The recordings cover proceedings conducted on Sept. 23-25. On the final day, the grand jury announced that one of the three officers involved in Taylor’s shooting — now-former Louisville Detective Brett Hankison — would be charged, and only for shots he fired into a neighboring apartment. That decision touched off several days of tense protests in Louisville.

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Listen Now: Grand Jury Recordings From Breonna Taylor Case

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 5:22 PM ET Oct. 02, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Spectrum News 1 has received the grand jury recordings from the Breonna Taylor case after a judge ordered Attorney General Daniel Cameron to release them. We are listening to and breaking down the approximately 15 hours of recordings submitted to Judge Ann Bailey Smith Friday. We are providing highlights from each day of testimony. Read about them below.

You can listen to the recordings here:

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"Not Just A Name:" Breonna Taylor's Teachers Remember Her



LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Breonna Taylor’s name has echoed in cities around the world. But her tragedy is only part of her story.

Thursday, four Western High School teachers recalled Taylor's time at the school in detail and even showed reporters where she sat in social studies class.

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Judge Extends Deadline for AG to Submit Grand Jury Recordings

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 4:30 PM ET Sep. 30, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A judge ruled on a motion filed by Attorney General Daniel Cameron, granting his office an extension on the deadline to submit the grand jury recordings from the Breonna Taylor case. His office has until Friday, Oct. 2 at noon to submit the recordings.

Cameron filed a motion with the Jefferson Circuit Court Tuesday asking for an additional week so his office can protect the privacy of those involved in the case. Specifically, the motion "seeks to redact personal identifiers of any named person, and to redact both the names and personal identifiers of any private citizen."

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Attorney for Anonymous Grand Juror: "The Concern Is Truth and Transparency"

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 5:35 PM ET Sep. 29, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After an anonymous grand juror from the Breonna Taylor case filed a motion Monday for the release of the grand jury transcripts and recordings, their attorney, Kevin Glogower, spoke out. He said, during a press conference held at the Galt House, "the concern is truth and transparency."

Glogower said questions were being left unanswered by Attorney General Daniel Cameron. When asked if there was a key piece of evidence kept from the grand jury that should have been included, he said, "These questions are not being answered right now. What we're getting from the attorney general's office, two-fold at this point, is that they presented everything. I would submit to you, based on their own statements, they didn't do that."

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Attorney General Agrees to Release Grand Jury Recordings

BY Spectrum News Staff

KENTUCKY —A Jefferson County Circuit Court judge has ordered Attorney General Daniel Cameron to release grand jury recordings and he will comply on Wednesday.

Monday, Judge Ann Bailey Smith ordered the release of the grand jury recordings during former Louisville Metro Police Department Detective Brett Hankison's arraignment. Hankison, the only officer involved in Taylor's death to face charges from the grand jury, pleaded not guilty to three counts of wanton endangerment during the arraignment.

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Downtown Traffic Restrictions Loosened by Mayor Fischer

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 8:07 AM ET Sep. 30, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Traffic restrictions implemented in downtown Louisville last week have been loosened through an executive order issued by Mayor Greg Fischer.

Specifically, traffic restrictions and the parking ban from Broadway, north to Market Street, and from Second to Ninth streets have been lifted, and barriers along the routes are being removed. As well, restrictions on access to the following downtown parking garages have been lifted:

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Former LMPD Officer Brett Hankison to Be Arraigned Monday Afternoon

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 10:12 AM ET Sep. 28, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison, one of the officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor, is scheduled for arraignment Monday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.

Last week, a grand jury charged Hankison with three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree. He was the only officer involved in Taylor's death to receive charges; however, his charges are not related to Taylor's death. Rather, his charges stem from bullets that went into neighboring apartments.

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UofL Law Professor Answers Lingering Questions With Breonna Taylor's Case

BY Eileen Street

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — There have been many questions asked and many demands made following the announcement Wednesday of charges related to the night Breonna Taylor was shot.

University of Louisville law professor Samuel Marcosson wasn’t surprised that Brett Hankison was charged with wanton endangerment in the first degree.

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LMPD Video Shows Destruction in Downtown Louisville

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 11:04 AM ET Sep. 27, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Protests in downtown Louisville continued into the weekend and like the previous three nights Louisville Metro Police made arrests.

Protesters marched just after 6 p.m. and returned to Jefferson Square Park before 7:30 p.m. They announced several times before the 9 p.m. curfew that they planned to stay in the park and barked warnings to those who didn't want to be arrested that they should leave. By 9 p.m. the park was empty and large number of protesters had walked to a church on Second Street. Just before the curfew went into effect LMPD tweeted out a pair of advisories alerting people to the fact that it can declare unlawful assembly at anytime for safety reasons and those wishing to leave peacefully needed to head west on Jefferson Street.

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Louisville Barber Believes, 'We'll Be Strong Like Ali'

BY Trevor Pettiford

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Trying to create progress from unrest is a big topic this week. Spectrum News 1 went to the New T&B Classic Cuts barbershop for some generational advice. The shop has been a fixture in Louisville's West End for 56 years. We found that, after all that's happened since the protests started, the men inside had a lot more than getting a cut on their minds. Barber Eric Hansberry agrees with the message but doesn't agree when the protests turn violent and destructive.

"What they're doing is tearing up the city, not having concern for their aunts and grandparents who may not be able to go shopping 'cause they tore up the Kroger's that's near their homes," Hansberry said. Darryl Powell, a customer in the shop Saturday, said he hopes all of the people taking to the streets do something even more meaningful in November.

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Threats Made Against Church Providing Sanctuary for Protesters

BY Adam K. Raymond

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The First Unitarian Church of Louisville has received criticism and threats for offering itself as a safe space to protesters, church leaders said Saturday.

“There certainly has been some negative feedback,” said Pastor Lori Kyle. She said criticism has been “largely rhetorical,” but on Friday, at least two church volunteers felt concerned for their personal safety when a group of gun-toting men drove back and forth down the alley behind the church.

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Police and Protesters Clash Again on the Third Night of Protests

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 9:08 AM ET Sep. 26, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Two days after a grand jury announced its findings in the Breonna Taylor case, protests continued throughout Louisville.

Early in the evening protesters began marching from from Jefferson Square Park to the NuLu neighborhood on Main Street. Louisville Metro Police asked them to walk on the sidewalks so that traffic could move. When crowds refused, LMPD declared an unlawful assembly. Police set off a pair of flashbang rounds in the air above the crowd and police told them to disperse and move east. Crowds did begin to disperse, with many walking back to the park. Two people were arrested.

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Group of UK Students Host Third-Straight Vigil In Response To Decision In Breonna Taylor Case

BY Brandon Roberts

LEXINGTON, Ky. – A group led and organized by students at the University of Kentucky gathered for the third-straight night on Friday to host a vigil in response to the decision in the Breonna Taylor Case.

A Jefferson County grand jury on Wednesday returned three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment against one of the three police officers involved in a shooting that resulted in Taylor’s death. Those charges, against former Louisville Metro Police Department officer Brett Hankison, were unrelated to Taylor’s death.

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Arrests Made as Protesters and Police Clash

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 11:08 PM ET Sep. 25, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — It's been more than two days since Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced that none of the officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor would face charges directly tied to her death. Since the announcement, protests have ensued each night and continue into Friday evening.

Protests remained relatively peaceful Thursday evening. According to the Louisville Metro Police Department, a total of 26 were arrested, most being charged with unlawful assembly, failure to disperse and/or first-degree rioting.

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Lawyers for Breonna Taylor's Family Demand Release of Grand Jury Transcripts

BY Adam K. Raymond

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Attorneys for the family of Breonna Taylor called Friday for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron to release the transcripts of the grand jury proceedings that resulted in the indictment of one of the three police officers involved in the 26-year-old’s killing.

Speaking at a press conference at Louisville's Jefferson Sqaure Park, Ben Crump, a national civil rights lawyer and part of the Taylor family’s legal team, said they are “heartbroken," "confused," and "bewildered," about what Cameron presented to the grand jury.

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"I'm Just Tired." Meet Rosie Henderson, Keeper of Breonna Taylor's Memorial

BY Tammie Fields

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Protesters continue to pour out into the streets of Downtown Louisville. They are devastated and angry that protesters continue to be arrested, but no homicide charges are being filed against the officers who burst into Breonna Taylor’s apartment, shooting her back in March.

Rosie Henderson is a community activist. "I'm just tired. I'm physically tired," she said. "I'm 47 years old and I'm gonna keep fighting for my grandkids but these babies out here, they hurting. They're angry."

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Emotional Reaction from Breonna Taylor's Family and Attorneys to Grand Jury Decision

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 4:00 PM ET Sep. 25, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Breonna Taylor's family spoke publicly for the first time Friday since the grand jury announced its findings in Taylor's case emotionally demanding that the transcripts for the proceedings be released. Attorneys Ben Crump, Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker joined Taylor’s family in Jefferson Square Park Friday morning asking for the same. Protests the night before were largely peaceful.

Some members of Breonna’s family, including her mother Tamika Palmer, have taken to social media. On Instagram Thursday, Palmer wrote, "It's still Breonna Taylor for me," followed by the hashtag #ThesystemfailedBreonna.

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Pockets of Disruption, But No Violence in Louisville as Protests Continue

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 6:53 AM ET Sep. 25, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville's second day with the news that none of the officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor would face charges directly tied to her death began relatively quiet, but when the sun went down, things changed, this time without violence.

According to an email from LMPD Sgt. Lamont Washington, at least 24 people were arrested throughout Thursday night with charges including failure to disperse, unlawful assembly and riot in the first degree.

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Police and Protesters Work Together and Both Leave the Area

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 10:59 PM ET Sep. 24, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville Metro Police started making arrests Thursday night shortly after curfew set in at 9 p.m.

Protesters once again gathered at Jefferson Square Park in downtown Louisville early Thursday evening.

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Fischer Extends Curfew Through the Weekend

BY Spectrum News Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mayor Greg Fischer announced he is extending the countywide curfew through this weekend. In addition, Fischer announced that Louisville Metro Government facilities in the downtown area will remain closed until Monday at 6:30 a.m. Employees will continue working from home where possible.

In a press release, Fischer said the curfew “helps us balance our responsibility to keep everyone — protesters, first responders and bystanders — safe, while still allowing people the time and space to voice their calls for racial justice and equity during the day.”

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Updates: The Day After the Taylor Decision Starts Out Quiet

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 5:13 PM ET Sep. 24, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — During protests Wednesday evening and into Thursday morning, 127 people have been arrested, said the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD).

At around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday evening, two LMPD officers were shot. LMPD later confirmed that the officers sustained non-life-threatening injuries and were expected to be OK. One officer required surgery. The suspect has been identified as 26-year-old Larynzo Johnson. He faces two counts of assault on a police officer and multiple counts of wanton endangerment.

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A Look at the Other Ongoing Breonna Taylor Investigations

BY Eileen Street

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Attorney General Daniel Cameron's investigation is only one of seven total investigations related to what happened on March 13, 2020, when 26-year-old Breonna Taylor was fatally shot.

Here are the other investigations:

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Louisville Police: Around 100 Arrested, Injured Officers Expected to Be OK

BY Brandon Roberts
UPDATED 6:29 AM ET Sep. 24, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A pair of Louisville Metro Police officers were shot shortly before curfew went into effect Wednesday night following protests that erupted earlier in the day after only one former officer was charged in the case of Breonna Taylor's death. Since then, arrests were made after protesters clashed with police in the afternoon. Several fires were set throughout Louisville, including one at the Hall of Justice.

Wanton Endangerment charges were filed against the former LMPD officer Brett Hankison in the March shooting that led to the death of Taylor, a judge announced Wednesday afternoon.

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The Eyes of a Nation on Kentucky: Protests Nationwide After Breonna Taylor Decision

BY Brandon Roberts

FRANKFORT, Ky. — The eyes of a nation have been focused on Louisville in the 194 days since 26-year-old EMT Breonna Taylor was killed in a barrage of gunfire from three Louisville Metro Police Officers serving a search warrant at her apartment.

Demonstrations and protests broke out Wednesday night and two Louisville Metro police officers were shot during the chaos.

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Two Louisville Metro Police Officers Shot When Breonna Taylor Protests Turn Violent

BY Spectrum News Staff

Two Louisville Metro police officers were shot during protests Wednesday evening after the lack of charges against the officers involved in death of Breonna Taylor. Officers were called at about 8:30 p.m. to a large crowd in the area, where two officers were shot. The injured officers were taken to University Hospital. One officer is in surgery. Both officers, who were not being identified, sustained non-life-threatening injuries, Interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder said. One is alert and stable, he said. During a brief news conference Wednesday night, Schroeder described the incident.

"I'm very concerned about the safety of our officers. Obviously, we've had two officers shot tonight and that is very serious. It's a very dangerous condition. I think the safety of our officers and the community we serve is of the utmost importance," he said. One person has been taken into custody. That person has not been identified.

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Kentucky's Congressional Delegation Responds to Breonna Taylor Decision

BY Eva McKend

WASHINGTON, D.C. — It was a decision that did not satisfy the calls for justice from protestors or Breonna Taylor's family.

Wednesday a Jefferson County Grand Jury moved to indict former Louisville Metro Police officer Brett Hankinson with wanton endangerment for recklessly shooting into nearby residences on the March night Taylor was killed after police shot into her apartment. None of the other cops involved will face criminal charges at this time.

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Protesters React to Breonna Taylor Decision, "It's Like Spitting in Their Face"

BY Ashleigh Mills
UPDATED 6:32 AM ET Sep. 24, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A crowd gathered at Jefferson Square Park, in anticipation of the historic Grand Jury announcement. Once the indictment regarding the Breonna Taylor case was handed down, there was grief and outrage. People hugged and cried, shouted, and stomped. Ex-cop Brett Hankison was the only one indicted, on three wanton endangerment charges. The charges are in connection with him firing into Taylor's neighbors' apartment.

There were no charges announced for the other two officers involved in Taylor's death.

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Beshear Wants Attorney General To Release Breonna Taylor Investigation Files

BY Joe Ragusa

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Governor Andy Beshear wants Attorney General Daniel Cameron to publish as much information as he can about the Breonna Taylor investigation.

“Everyone can and should be informed, and those that are currently feeling frustration, feeling hurt, they deserve to know more,” Beshear said. “I trust Kentuckians. They deserve to see the facts for themselves, and I believe that the ability to process those facts helps everybody.”

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Mayor Fischer and LMPD Announce City's Response to Taylor Decision

BY Spectrum News Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mayor Greg Fischer and Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) Chief Robert Schroeder outlined steps being taken in preparation for Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s planned announcement in the Breonna Taylor case, including a countywide curfew starting tonight at 9 p.m.

Cameron will announce if whether there will be criminal charges in the case at 1:30 p.m.

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Grand Jury to Announce Breonna Taylor Decision

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 11:52 AM ET Sep. 23, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Jefferson County grand jury will present its report on the Breonna Taylor case to Jefferson County Circuit Judge Annie O’Connell at 1:15 p.m. ET. Spectrum News 1 will bring you the announcement live.

After the grand jury presents its report, Attorney General Daniel Cameron will host a press conference at the Kentucky History Center in downtown Frankfort at 1:30 p.m.

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Anxious Protesters Spent Day Waiting for Taylor Decision

BY Adam K. Raymond

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Before Wednesday’s announcement protesters at Jefferson Square Park, the epicenter of Louisville’s protests over the police killing of Breonna Taylor, was largely quiet Tuesday as demonstrators waited for an announcement in the Attorney General’s investigation of the case.

Rumors circulated among protesters, many armed, some in bulletproof vests, that an announcement would be made at 2 p.m. It wasn’t. As the afternoon wore on, some expressed frustration at the lack of news, even if they anticipated it being bad.

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Beshear Says Attorney General Has Not Told Him When Breonna Taylor Decision Will Be Made

BY Joe Ragusa

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Governor Andy Beshear again declined to comment on the Attorney General’s investigation into Breonna Taylor’s death Tuesday, but he says if the Kentucky National Guard or Kentucky State Police are needed in Louisville, they’re ready.

“We’re going to make sure that we make the right decision to secure the personal safety of everybody, protect critical infrastructure, and so I think that there can be an expectation that the (Kentucky National) Guard and the Kentucky State Police will serve limited, specific missions where they will be under their own command,” Beshear said.

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Judge Orders LMPD Chief to Testify Or Be Held in Contempt

BY Ashleigh Mills

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Audra Eckerle issued an order Tuesday, for Louisville Interim Police Chief Robert Schroeder to testify before Metro Council's Government Oversight and Audit Committee meeting next Monday.



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Sgt. John Mattingly: 'I Know We Did the Legal, Moral and Ethical Thing That Night'

BY Spectrum News Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Sgt. John Mattingly, one of the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor, sent an early-morning email to fellow officers, criticizing city leadership and defending his actions the night of Taylor's death.

The email was released later Tuesday morning on social media and confirmed by Mattingly's lawyer Kent Wicker.

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Mayor Declares State of Emergency in Louisville

BY Spectrum News Staff

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mayor Greg Fischer has declared a state of emergency for Louisville through an executive order.

In addition, Fischer announced a second executive order restricting access to five downtown parking garages and banning on-street parking around Jefferson Square Park.

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LMPD Announces Road Closures for Downtown Louisville

BY Spectrum News Staff

"We recognize that this is an inconvenience, and will cause difficulty for those that live, work and have business downtown, and we apologize for this inconvenience. However, public safety is our No. 1 priority, and it would be irresponsible if we did not take preemptive action to preserve it," said a Facebook post from LMPD.

“Due to increased attention and activity in anticipation of an announcement from Attorney General Daniel Cameron...

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City Prepares in Anticipation of Breonna Taylor Decision

BY Spectrum News Staff
UPDATED 10:24 AM ET Sep. 22, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville Metro Police announced Monday it is canceling all off-day and vacation requests until further notice.

LMPD says it is planning for Attorney General Daniel Cameron's announcement regarding the Breonna Taylor case.

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With Breonna Taylor Decision Looming, Federal Courthouse Set to Close

BY Adam K. Raymond

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — With the decision in the attorney general’s investigation into the police killing of Breonna Taylor looming, a federal judge on Friday signed an order to close The Gene Snyder U.S. Courthouse and Custom House in downtown Louisville. The building will be closed from September 21-25, according to the order, which does not cite a reason for the closure.

In the brief order, Judge Chief Judge Greg Stivers stipulated that all matters set to go before the court next week should do so via videoconferencing, if possible.

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Hess Admits to "Mistakes" in Testimony to Metro Council, Schroeder Doesn't Testify

BY Ashleigh Mills

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville's Public Safety Chief Amy Hess testified before Metro Council on Wednesday, admitting to some mistakes in the way she directed the Louisville Metro Police Department's (LMPD) response to the protests surrounding the deaths of Breonna Taylor and David McAtee.

Hess was one of two city officials subpoenaed to testify as part of Metro Council's investigation into the events surrounding Taylor's death. Interim LMPD Chief Robert Schroeder was also issued a subpoena; however, he did not testify. Schroeder was present with his attorney, who intercepted questions directed at him. Metro Council voted overwhelmingly for its attorney to compel him to testify before his retirement Oct. 1.

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$12M Settlement for Breonna Taylor's Family Is "Only The Beginning"

BY Adam K. Raymond

David Guildford wrote and produced the television report attached to this story.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Breonna Taylor’s family and the city of Louisville have reached a $12 million settlement that also includes several police reform measures, Mayor Greg Fischer announced at a press conference Tuesday where lawyers for the family and Tamika Palmer, Taylor’s mother, also spoke.

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Kentucky Alliance Calls For Answers In Taylor Investigation

BY Joe Ragusa

LOUISVILLE, Ky — Sunday marked the six-month anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s death at the hands of Louisville Metro Police Department officers during a no-knock warrant at her apartment.

Members of the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist And Political Repression held a press conference on the occasion, calling for Louisville city and police leaders to address issues they have related to Taylor’s death.

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A Derby Like No Other: What Happened at the Derby Protests

BY Brandon Roberts

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The four month delay, a lack of fans, and Authentic's win against favorite Tiz the Law likely won't be the things people remember about this year's 146th Kentucky Derby.

Protests took place throughout Louisville, including outside and around Churchill Downs, on Derby day by multiple groups demanding justice for Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT who was killed by Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers on March 13 while serving a no-knock warrant at her apartment.

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100 Days of Protests: Reflections on Louisville’s Summer of Resistance

BY Adam K. Raymond
UPDATED 8:56 AM ET Sep. 04, 2020

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — On the afternoon of May 28, more than two months after police shot and killed Breonna Taylor in an overnight raid of her home, a lawyer for her family released a 911 call from her boyfriend, Kennth Walker. With no video of the incident, Walker’s frantic and frightened call provided the closest, and rawest look at what happened on the night of March 13. Within hours of the call’s release, the streets of downtown Louisville swelled with protesters. They’ve hardly left since.

Friday, Sept. 4 marks the 100th consecutive day of protests in Louisville. Over the past three months the number of people in the streets has ebbed and flowed, and the scope of their cries has grown. In the early days, protesters calling for the arrest of the officers who killed Taylor also chanted the names of George Floyd, killed by Minneapolis police in May, and Ahmaud Arbery, murdered by vigilantes in Georgia in February. Soon other names joined theirs, including David McAtee, killed by Kentucky National Guard members in June, and Tyler Gerth, killed in Jefferson Square Park in July.

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Boyfriend of Breonna Taylor Files Lawsuit Against Louisville, LMPD



LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kenneth Walker stepped into the public eye Tuesday, filing a lawsuit against Louisville Metro Government and the Louisville Metro Police Department more than five months after his girlfriend, Breonna Taylor, was killed by police.

Walker, who was with Taylor the night she died, was initially charged with the attempted murder of an officer after police burst through Taylor’s door.

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Plea Deal Details for Former Boyfriend of Breonna Taylor Released

BY Ashleigh Mills

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Months after police shot and killed Breonna Taylor while serving a no-knock search warrant for her home, her former boyfriend Jamarcus Glover was again arrested on drug charges; Glover is now facing drug charges stemming from the case involving the search warrant of Taylor's home, and incidents leading up to April 22, 2020.

A plea deal for drug charges for Glover from March and April incidents was released by the Commonwealth's Attorney Monday, after the attorney for Taylor's estate took to social media to accuse the prosecutor of trying to name Taylor as a co-defendant and indict her in July long after she died.

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Daniel Cameron's Office Meets With FBI On Breonna Taylor

BY Spectrum News Staff

KENTUCKY — Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) announced that teams representing his office and FBI Louisville met today to review the ballistics report from the Breonna Taylor Case. Cameron's office serves as special prosecutor over the case.

With this information, the Attorney General’s Office will undertake additional steps to complete the investigation into possible violations of state law, and the FBI will continue the investigation into potential civil rights violations. (3/3)

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