Breonna Taylor, an essential worker, was shot to death by police officers in her own home late at night on March 13th. Taylor’s family has filed a lawsuit against three members of the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department (LMPD) in Jefferson County Circuit Court. The lawsuit is filed for wrongful shooting of the 26 year old black EMT.
Police Had a No-Knock Warrant
As per the complaint submitted on April 27th, Breonna Taylor, her mother Tamika Palmer and Kenneth Walker were asleep when officers barged into the apartment without announcing themselves or knocking. The police officers did not wait and started shooting indiscriminately.
The legal brief claims the shots were blindly fired by the police officers without any regard for human life. Some of the bullets made their way to an adjacent home where a pregnant woman with her five year old was sleeping. Breonna had at least eight shot wounds and she died as a result.
The LMPD claims that the officers had a “no-knock” warrant and were trying to bust a narcotics investigation. They were investigating two individuals caught selling drugs in Jefferson County which was ten miles away – another reason why drugs should just be legalized.
Breonna Had Committed No Crime
The lawsuit alleges that Taylor posed no threat to safety of the police officers and had committed no crime. She did not attempt to evade arrest or actively resist before being repeatedly shot at and killed.
LMPD Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Officers Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove are listed as defendants in the case. They are charged for the death of Taylor. However, Kenneth Walker is facing attempted murder of a police officer and first-degree assault charges for firing his service gun at another police officer.
Holding Law Enforcement Officials Accountable
Police officers are sworn to protect and serve, which makes it worse when an officer abuses his power or uses excessive force. Law enforcement officials have zero right to violate or abuse the trust placed in their authority and power. Victim should not delay getting a police misconduct lawyer if they have been caused unwarranted physical harm.
Most officials are required to use body cameras and dash cameras. This video can be vital to proving a claim of police brutality. There is no limit to the amount of compensation one can sue for police brutality and misconduct. An experienced police misconduct attorney will have to navigate the circumstances of a case and consider the medical bills and cost of pain and suffering. The case is usually worth what a jury decides or the defendant/insurance company will pay.