On the early morning of March 13, a young couple was awoken by what they thought was a burglary in progress. The boyfriend reached for his licensed gun and fired off a “warning shot” in hopes that he would scare the burglars off. The couple was then met with open fire from Louisville Metro Police Officers, letting off more than 20 rounds. The girlfriend was struck with at least 5 bullets leaving her to bleed out on her bedroom floor as her boyfriend watched. Her name was Breonna Taylor. What was thought to be a drug bust by police, ended in bloodshed and no drugs found within the apartment.
While three active investigations are underway into the incident, Louisville officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove who were responsible for shooting Taylor still continue to roam the streets of Kentucky, as they have not been charged till this day.
However, in more recent news, Taylors name is being brought to headlines once again as allegations arise of her involvement in an “organized crime syndicate,” according to records. It is said that Taylor’s ex boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover was offered a plea deal requiring him to admit to trafficking drugs as well as admitting that Taylor was involved in said crime. Although Glover refused to confess to the allegations, he now risks the reality of prison time.
Jamarcus Glover, Taylor's ex-boyfriend, was the focus of a Louisville police narcotics investigation that eventually led plainclothes officers to execute a "no-knock" warrant on Taylor's home March 13, when she was gunned down by police, according to CNN.
Glover was arrested elsewhere during a series of raids that day but released on bail. He was arrested again last week after failing to pay bail on separate drug offenses in July, according to Jeff Cooke, a spokesman for the Commonwealth Attorney's Office. Taylor's family continues to deny that she was in no way involved with Glover's alleged drug trafficking charges.
Not long after these claims were made, Attorney Sam Aguiar who represents her family opened up about his thoughts on the plea deal offered to Glover.
“the lengths to which those within the police department and Commonwealth’s Attorney went to after Breonna Taylor’s killing to try and paint a picture of her which was vastly different than the woman she truly was. The fact that they would try to even represent that she was a co-defendant in a criminal case more than a month after she died is absolutely disgusting.”
Louisville’s top prosecutor decided to chime in on the controversy surrounding the deal stating that this was normal procedure for preliminary plea negotiations for a man charged with illegal drug trafficking and had nothing to do with tarnishing Taylor’s name.
Though it seems Attorney Aguiar is not the only one to think that there is foul play involved in both cases. Kenneth Walker who was Taylor's current boyfriend at the time of her death has filed a lawsuit against Louisville, the city and other government entities claiming he is a victim of police misconduct and is asking for immunity for any events related to the morning of March 13th.
In late March, Walker was accused of attempting to murder a police officer and first degree assault after firing off a warning shot that night that allegedly hit Officer Jonathan Mattingly in the leg. It wasn’t until May 22 that those charges were dropped. Walker made it clear that he was a licensed gun owner and that he would never knowingly shoot a cop.
“The charges brought against me were meant to silence me and cover up Breonna’s murder,” Walker said during a news conference Tuesday. “For her and those that I love, I can no longer remain silent.”
In addition, the suit also requests an unspecified monetary relief for “the trauma, humiliation, indignity, physical pain, mental suffering, or mental anguish he suffered, including the negligent infliction of severe emotional distress as a result of witnessing the shooting and death of Breonna Taylor.”
It’s now even being called into question if Walker’s warning shot was responsible for the bullet wound inflicted to Officer Mattingly’s leg. Attorney Steve Romines stated that the 911 calls received by neighbors and police transmissions reveal that there were two “volleys of gunfire” and the report of the officer shot came after the second volley. He goes on to say that when Walker fired his single shot, the gun was aimed downward.
While there's still much to learn as the investigation continues, the Police violence against African Americans continues to be rampant in our streets. Until justice is served and reform is introduced, we must continue to demand change. Our voices matter only if we use them. #JusticeForBreonnaTaylor #SayHerName