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Breonna Taylor case: Kentucky attorney general asks for patience as police killing probe continues – CNBC

A demonstrator holds a sign with the image of Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department officers, during a protest against the death George Floyd in Minneapolis, in Denver, Colorado on June 3, 2020.

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Kentucky’s attorney general on Thursday asked the public to remain patient with his office’s investigation of the police killing of Breonna Taylor, more than three months after the Black emergency medical technician died during a raid on her Louisville home.

“I can assure you that at the end of our investigation, we will do what is right,” Attorney General Daniel Cameron told reporters at a press conference, which did not include announcements of any criminal charges against police involved in the raid.

“We will find the truth,” said Cameron, who took over the criminal investigation as a special prosecutor in the case last month.

“It’s important that we get this right,” he said.

The attorney general pointedly asked people to refrain from violent protest over the 26-year-old Taylor’s killing.

“Violence and lawlessness will do nothing more than to perpetuate further tragedy,” Cameron said.

He said he is “saddened and heartbroken” by Taylor’s death.

Taylor’s death has attracted nationwide interest and been among the subjects of protests in the weeks since the Minneapolis police killing of a Black man, George Floyd, on Memorial Day. 

The officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for more than seven minutes, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with murder and manslaughter in that case, and three other officers who assisted in the arrest have been charged with aiding and abetting those crimes. Floyd was being arrested on suspicion of using counterfeit money for a purchase. All four cops charged in the case have been terminated by the Minneapolis Police Department.

On Wednesday, now-former Atlanta police officer Garrett Rolfe, who fatally shot a Black man named Rayshard Brooks in the back as he allegedly pointed a taser at cops he was fleeing from, was charged with murder and other charges.

Another Atlanta cop, Devin Brosnan, was charged with aggravated assault and other counts in the incident, which occurred after cops roused a sleeping Brooks from a car parked outside a Wendy’s fast-food restaurant Friday.

Cameron said his office is conducting an “independent” investigation of Taylor’s death, while also continuing to receive information from the Louisville Police Department’s public integrity unit.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron speaks during a roundtable discussion with President Donald Trump and law enforcement officials, Monday, June 8, 2020, at the White House in Washington.

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“We believe that the independent steps we are taking are crucial for the findings to be accepted both by the community and those who are directly involved in the case,” Cameron said.

“I’m not going to get into specifics of what we have,” Cameron said when asked about evidence in the case.

He also said, “I’m not going to provide a specific date when our investigation will be concluded.”

Taylor was shot eight times on March 13 by police, who were executing a no-knock search warrant at her residence as part of a drug investigation.

Her family has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against three cops, Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove, alleging they “blindly” fired more than 20 shots into Taylor’s apartment.

Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who was in the apartment with her during the raid, did not have criminal histories, and no drugs were found in the raid, according to the lawsuit. Walker, who attorneys have said feared a home invasion, fired a gun he had at one officer, hitting him in the leg.

Cameron took over as special prosecutor in the case because the local district attorney until recently was prosecuting Walker for attempted murder on the cop. Walker’s case has since been dropped.

“An investigation of this magnitude requires time and patience,” Cameron said.

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Attorney for Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend releases audio of 911 call after her shooting death – CNN

(CNN)Outcry over the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor reached a boiling point overnight Thursday in Louisville, Kentucky, when gunfire erupted during protests and audio was released of Taylor’s boyfriend’s call to 911 the day of her death.

Seven people were shot downtown, the mayor said in a video message on Twitter. Property damage also was reported after peaceful demonstrations took a turn, Louisville Metro Police Department officials said during a news conference.
The protests turned violent as fury in Minneapolis over the death this week of an unarmed black man in police custody also took a dangerous turn, with marchers setting a police precinct on fire. Large crowds gathered in both places, even as experts warned people to continue to avoid big gatherings to stall the spread of the coronavirus.
“Understandably, emotions are high,” Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said on Facebook. “As Breonna’s mother says, let’s be peaceful as we work toward truth and justice,”
Protesters this week have demanded justice for Taylor, an EMT who was shot at least eight times in March when three officers entered her Kentucky apartment by force to serve a search warrant in a narcotics investigation. The department said the officers announced themselves and returned gunfire from her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker.
Walker was charged with attempted murder of a police officer and first-degree assault, but prosecutors filed a motion last week to drop the charges. In a wrongful death lawsuit, Taylor’s mother said the officers didn’t knock at all.
Also on Thursday, one of Walker’s attorneys released audio of the 911 call placed by Walker after Taylor was shot.
In the call, Walker tells the 911 operator, “Somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend,” and that Taylor was unresponsive on the ground.
“This call is one of the hardest things I’ve ever listened to,” attorney Sam Aguiar said in a statement Thursday. “Kenneth Walker is a great man. He stayed by Breonna’s side. He lost the love of his life and then went to jail after doing everything right. He had no idea who had broken into the home and fired shots. My heart is bleeding for him and his family.”
The FBI has opened an investigation into the incident, and the Louisville Metro Police Department said it would require sworn officers to wear body cameras.

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FBI investigates Breonna Taylor shooting as Louisville police chief announces retirement – Fox News

The FBI announced it is launching a probe into the shooting death of EMT Breonna Taylor from Louisville, Ky., after she was killed when local police allegedly executed a no-knock warrant on the wrong house, news that also coincides with the retirement of Lousiville Police Chief Steve Conrad.

Taylor’s family filed a lawsuit accusing officers of firing more than 20 shots inside Breonna Taylor’s home. Taylor, 26, was killed on March 13 after she was shot eight times by police. She was an aspiring nurse.

Her mother, Tamika Palmer, said she filed the lawsuit to get justice for her daughter. “I want them to say her name,” she told The Washington Post. “There’s no reason Breonna should be dead at all.”

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The lawsuit, filed late last month, accuses the officers of wrongful death, excessive force and gross negligence.

According to court documents, the officers who stormed Taylor’s house were executing a drug warrant in search of a male suspect who didn’t live in her apartment complex. It turned out he had already been detained by authorities before the warrant was executed.

Special Agent in Charge Robert Brown put out a statement saying: “FBI Lousiville has opened an investigation into the shooting of Breonna Taylor. The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence and will ensure that the investigation is conducted in a fair, thorough, and impartial manner. As this is an ongoing investigation, we are not able to comment further at this time.”

Conrad announced he will be stepping down in June after more than eight years in his position, WDRB in Louisville reported.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said in a news release that Conrad had informed him of the decision on Thursday. Fischer has reportedly named Col. Robert Schroeder to serve on an interim basis, once Conrad’s retirement is made official.

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“It has been the highlight of my professional career to be Louisville’s police chief,” Conrad said in a press release. “LMPD [Louisville Metro Police Department] is full of amazing men and women who come to work each day to do their best for this community and it has been a privilege to lead them.”

“You all are weathering a lot right now and I know how challenging this is,” he wrote in an email to officers Thursday, according to WDRB. “Approach this as we approach all our struggles — as a team. Look out for each other. Show compassion to the community, even when it might not be shown to you.”

Fox News’ Barnini Chakraborty contributed to this report.

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