Breonna Taylor’s Family Sues Louisville Police for Allegedly Lying About Body Camera Footage

A man pauses at the memorial for Breonna Taylor before a march in Louisville, Ky., on Sept. 25. (Eduardo Munoz / Reuters file)

An attorney for Breonna Taylor’s family filed a lawsuit against the Louisville Metro Police Department alleging several officers involved in the fatal raid had been assigned body cameras and the agency may have lied about the existence of footage.

Sam Aguiar said in the complaint that he has not received body camera information that he requested from police. He wants a judge to order the department to release it.

Taylor was fatally shot by police on March 13, 2020, after officers executed a no-knock warrant at her apartment as part of a narcotics investigation. No drugs were found in the home, her family said in a previous lawsuit that was settled with the city for $12 million.

Officers opened fire after Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired a single shot toward the door believing it was an intruder. The 26-year-old’s killing sparked nationwide protests.

Three officers — Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove — were involved in Taylor’s death, according to police. Hankison was fired by the department in June 2020, police said, and was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment for bullets that went into a neighboring apartment. He has pleaded not guilty and a trial is set for next year.

None of the officers involved were charged with killing Taylor.

Earlier this year, the police department said it had fired Cosgrove and another officer, Joshua Jaynes. An attorney for Jaynes, who was accused of lying on the application seeking the warrant for the raid, said his client would appeal to a city board that reviews police terminations. Mattingly retired from the department last month.

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SOURCE: NBC News, Minyvonne Burke

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