Before a police officer can enter a person’s home, they must either obtain permission from the homeowner or acquire a search warrant that permits them entry. Only under certain circumstances can an officer of the law enter a home without first obtaining a warrant. Officers who enter a home without probable cause and a warrant are said to be in violation of an individual’s Fourth Amendment rights which protects them from unreasonable searches and seizures.
Louisville, KY Police Allegedly Called Off a Warrant Search of Taylor’s Apartment but Raided it Anyway
According to Breonna Taylor’s family, officers entered her apartment during the early morning hours on March 13th, the day she died, without having probable cause to do so. The Los Angeles Times recently reported that the family’s attorney amended the lawsuit to include the lack of probable cause. The family’s attorney has said that “Connecting the dots, it’s clear that these officers should never have been at Breonna Taylor’s home in the first place, and that they invaded the residence with no probable cause.”
The source cited that the warrant that was initially obtained to enter Taylor’s home was “secured by police observing an alleged drug dealer, identified in the complaint as “JG,” at Taylor’s home two months earlier.” The source says that “Taylor and [Jamarcus Glover] had a prior relationship.” But the source goes on to cite that on the night Taylor was killed, Glover was arrested more than 10 miles away from her apartment. Two other suspects police were searching for were not with Glover at the time of his arrest and had no relation to Taylor.
Although officers had arrested Glover and gathered facts on the other suspects, police decided to continue with the raid to see if the other suspects were at Taylor’s apartment.
When officers arrived, Kenneth Walker, who was Taylor’s boyfriend at the time, claimed they failed to identify themselves which led to him shooting an officer in the leg as he forced his way into the home. That prompted other officers to then shoot “erratically and recklessly,” hitting Taylor multiple times. While she did live for another five or six minutes after being shot, there was no ambulance at the scene to tend to her injuries as officers had called the warrant search off.
The source says that Officer Brett Hankison was fired after the fatal shooting, although two other officers involved in the incident remain on administrative leave.
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