The Louisville Metro Police Department has cracked the lid on its investigation into the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, releasing thousands of documents that show images of the scene, interviews with the officers involved and a subsequent probe of the EMT’s boyfriend.
The files, released Wednesday, show how department began building a case on Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, at the same time they were investigating their own officers more than two months after the 26-year-old black woman died.
In the early hours of March 13, Walker shot at undercover officers who’d just busted down Taylor’s door in a botched raid because he was afraid and thought an intruder had broken into the apartment, records show. Police fired back and struck Taylor six times, killing her. Police insisted they announced themselves several times before breaking down the door, but Walker said he didn’t hear their commands.
Walker was originally charged with the attempted murder of a police officer for the shooting but the case was later dismissed.
Prior to those charges being dropped, records show police requested a search warrant on May 5 to investigate the contents of Walker’s phone. Walker was not considered a suspect in the LMPD’s original investigation, which was targeting Taylor’s ex, accused drug trafficker Jamarcus Glover, who was thought to be sending packages to the woman’s home.
During the review of Walker’s phone, cops found “numerous conversations about narcotic trafficking … as well as photos of Mr. Walker and Ms. Taylor posing with firearms,” a May 28 investigative report states.
The report includes attachments of images taken from the phone depicting Taylor posing with an AR-15 and a picture of Walker and Taylor posing together with the assault rifle and another gun, which were both legally owned by Walker, according to his attorney Steve Romines.
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