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Louisville's Top Police Officers Walk OUT Of City Meeting When Questioned About Breonna Taylor Case

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Louisville Metro police chief and the city’s chief of public safety walked out of a city council meeting when they were questioned about Breonna Taylor’s case. Find out why inside….

It has been almost five months since EMT Breonna Taylor was shot and killed by police in her home while she was sleeping and an arrest STILL hasn’t been made.

On Monday, Louisville’s top police officers reportedly walked out of a city committee hearing, refusing to answer any questions about the Breonna Taylor case. The city is being investigated for its handling of the case.

City lawmakers had questions for Louisville Metro Police Chief Rob Schroeder and the city's chief of public safety Amy Hess, but they never got answered. The top police officials refused to speak on the case, citing a pending lawsuit against the police department and the city.

Attorneys for Schroeder and Hess said the police officials couldn't answer questions about Breonna’s case due to a federal lawsuit that was filed on Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky and the NAACP.

The hearing, which lasted for four hours, was supposed to focus on how the police department handled raging protests in the wake of Breonna and Minneapolis man George Floyd’s deaths earlier this year.

ABC News reports:

The officials had agreed to testify before the Government Oversight and Audit Committee about the city's response to ongoing protests over Taylor's death.

It was the first scheduled hearing related to the Metro Council's investigation into Mayor Greg Fischer's administration and its handling of the large-scale protests that followed the 26-year-old woman's death.

"If we're compelled to proceed today and we're here voluntarily and prepared to proceed, the law requires it be done in closed session," David Gaurnieri, an attorney for Hess, said.

Schroeder's attorney, Joey Klausing, made a similar argument, saying a testimony in open court this early on in the case could jeopardize the officers' defense.

"He [Schroeder] has been named in a 47-page civil rights lawsuit, which I haven't even had the opportunity to talk to him about," Klausing said, noting that the suit came in late Thursday night. "He's not just been named in his official capacity. He's been named in his individual capacity as well."

"To have him be compelled to testify here today would be in contradiction to the statutes that have been promulgated by our legislature," he added.

After Schroeder and Hess left the hearing, council members voted to issue subpoenas to compel the officials to testify. It was 10-1.

Glad to see the City Council doing their job, unlike Louisville PD.

On March 13th, the 26-year-old EMT (who was working at two hospitals to take care of COVID-19 patients) was killed by police officers while she slept in her home in Louisville, Kentucky in the wee hours of the morning.

Three officers raided her home to catch a suspect who was ALREADY in custody. Police allegedly performed a no-knock entry - at the WRONG address - killing Breonna after she was hit with 8 bullets. The Kentucky cops “blindly fired” off more than 25 shots in the apartment she shared with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker. Kenneth (a licensed gun owner) returned fire and shot one of the officers, not knowing they were officers. They originally arrested and charged Kenneth with first degree assault and attempted murder of a police officer. He was later released, and the charges were dropped.

Breonna’s family filed a lawsuit accusing the officers of wrongful death, excessive force and gross negligence. LMPD officers Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankinson and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly have been named as defendants. They were put on administrative leave before Brett was fired from the force.

JUSTICE FOR BREONNA TAYLOR! And we will continue to remind everyone until it's done! 

Photo: AP Photo


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