Breonna Taylor, 26
Died on March 13, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky
After midnight, police officers used a battering ram to enter Taylor’s apartment on a “no-knock arrest warrant” issued by a judge because the police believed that one of the two drug dealers they were looking for at a different address received packages at Taylor’s address. Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker shot at what he thought were burglars, hitting one officer in the leg. Police returned fire, shooting Taylor at least 8 times. She received no medical attention for 20 minutes, and died at the scene. No drugs were found in the house. The police had already located their main suspect before breaking into Taylor’s apartment. There is no body cam footage.
Walker was charged with attempted murder of the police officer, but the charge was dropped in May. On June 11, the city banned the use of no-knock warrants. Officer Brett Hankison was fired on June 23, and has appealed his firing. Officers Jon Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove have been placed on administrative leave. No officers face criminal charges, as the Kentucky attorney general and the FBI investigate. Protests continue in the streets of Louisville. Taylor’s mother has filed a wrongful death lawsuit.