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.
What You Need To Know
- Fischer announces release of LMPD's PIU investigation on Breonna Taylor case
- Files do not contain material, documents from Cameron's, FBI's investigations
- Some items redacted from files
- Fischer warns that some of what is contained in the files is "traumatic and painful"
"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."
The newly-released files don't contain material or documents from Cameron or the FBI's investigations into Taylor's death since LMPD doesn't have access to those files. The file does contain investigative letters, interview transcripts, body camera videos of officers responding to the scene, audio and video files of interviews, search warrants, and more.
Spectrum News 1's Ashleigh Mills is going through the lengthy files and reports. We will bring you the details she learns.
The massive PIU file released Wednesday includes 57 videos, dozens of officer interviews, and a transcript from Kenneth Walker’s interview. Walker was Breonna Taylor's boyfriend.
Some of the videos show body camera and dashcam footage from SWAT members and officers responding after the shooting at Taylor's apartment took place.
From the body camera video released, SWAT moved to secure the apartment once Walker had been taken into custody. In an officer report, bullet trajectories are explained as entering through the front door, side patio door, and a bedroom window. Bullets went through walls, into the ceiling, kitchen cabinets, and bedroom closets. Officers appeared to have fired approximately 32 rounds. Breonna Taylor was found dead by officers in the hallway.
In the transcript of Walker’s interview, he told police he and Taylor did not know who was at the door even after asking loudly several times; Walker says he learned it was police only after Taylor had already been shot. Walker claims the two moved from the bedroom into the hallway, Taylor more in the hall and in the direct path of the door than he was. Walker says he fired a shot as the door was being kicked in, and that he aimed more at the ground as a “warning” shot.
“It’s happenin’ fast, like, it was like an explosion,” Walker explained the door being forced in. “Then all of a sudden there was a whole lot a shots. We both drop to the ground but I just hear her screamin,’” he said.
Walker claims about 10 shots were fired into the apartment after he fired. He said he dropped to the ground, dropped the gun, and kicked it into the other bedroom. Walker says he realized it was the police, once the door was down and they yelled for him to “come out.”
As SWAT arrived, body camera footage reveals at least one officer told members responding that Taylor was the one who fired at the officers.
The transcript read, “This apartment got lit up so we were going in. Soon as we hit the door announced three times, f— shot. He said there's a female — he's saying 9mm — he said she was shooting. She's down.”
The same officer claiming, "said she's dead, she's down, but we weren't rushing in to check.” The officer continued saying, “We just literally hit the door, and [inaudible] was shooting. We announced we waited literally [inaudible].”
Walker refutes the officer's statement, saying he was the one who fired the gun, not Taylor.
Walker told the investigators who questioned him, about being questioned about possible injuries. Walker said, “They asked me, 'Were you, were you hit by any bullets?’ I said, ‘No.’ He said, ‘That’s unfortunate.’”
In a video from outside the apartment, as Walker was arrested, an officer talking with Walker said, “What kind of gun does [Breonna] have?" he asked. "She's on the ground!" said Walker, sobbing.
“Did she shoot or you shoot?" another officer asked. "It was her. She was scared!" Walker cried. He later refuted this, saying it was he shot at police, not Taylor.
Later in the video as the SWAT team begins to clear out of the apartment, Detective Brett Hankison returns to the apartment, seen on body camera stepping just over the threshold.
"I'd back out until they get the PIU in here," warned the officer wearing the body camera. "I just need to know if there are any guns visible," said Hankison.
The other officer said, "I...we did not see any."
"Like a long gun?" asked Hankison.
"The only casings look like 9mm."
Some items within the files have been redacted, blurred, or witheld for legal or privact reasons, including any videos or photos of Taylor, photos of Sgt. Jonathon Mattingly, birthdates, social security numbers, addresses, places of employment, phone numbers of individuals, and more.
Fischer warned that the files contain "information and images that are traumatic and painful." Please view them at your own discretion. They are available here.
The files have been forwarded to LMPD's Professional Standards Unit for investigation of administrative violations. The findings will then be forwarded to Interim Police Chief Yvette Gentry for her conclusion.