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Death of Breonna Taylor

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The Death of Breonna Taylor occurred on March 13th, 2020, in Louisville, Kentucky. Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old African American woman and aspiring nurse, was shot to death by Louisville Police officers in her apartment. Police entered her residence shortly after midnight to execute "no-knock" search warrant. Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who, unaware that three plainclothes police officers were entering his home, shot at the officers and was not injured. Taylor was shot eight times. Her family alleges more than 20 rounds were fired in a wrongful death lawsuit.


On March 13th, 2020, three plainclothes police officers entered the home of Breonna Taylor, an EMT sleeping at the time of entry, were executing a "no-knock" search warrant for a man that did not live at the residence and was already in police custody. Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, shot at the officers when they entered his home without identifying themselves as police. Taylor was shot eight times and killed.[1]

Taylor's family filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Louisville Police Metro Department for wrongful death, excessive force and gross negligence.

The LPMD were executing a drug warrant for two individuals selling drugs more than 10 miles from Taylor's home and already apprehended the suspects. A judge had signed off on the "no-knock" search warrant, allowing them to enter without identifying themselves using a battering ram. Taylor's family states that Walker and Taylor believed the officers were burglars.[2]


FBI Investigation

On May 21st, the FBI opened an investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor. That day, they released a statement on Twitter [3] that received more than 979 likes and 600 retweets in less than one month (shown below).

FBI Louisville @FBILouisville Due to a number of media requests, FBI Louisville is issuing the following statement. OF JUST STATEMENT TRTME FBI Louisville has opened an investigation into the shooting of Breonna Taylor. The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence and will ensure that the investigation is conducted in a fair, thorough and impartial manner. As this is an ongoing investigation, we are not able to comment further at this time. SPECIAL AGENT IN CHARGE ROBERT BROWN | FBI LOUISVILLE L BUREAU OF INVEST |FEDERAL BUREAU L FBIOF INVESTIGATION 11:42 AM · May 21, 2020 · Hootsuite Inc.

Online Reaction

On March 29th, The Root,[4] a news and commentary outlet focused on the African American community, posted about Taylor's death on Facebook. They wrote, "Breonna Taylor was shot to death by police officers in a 'botched' police raid. Her story deserves all of our #BlackLivesMatter outrage." The post received more than 2,600 reactions, 2,600 shares and 195 comments (shown below).

In May 2020, the incident became the subject of conversation on Reddit. On May 11th, Redditor[5] digdig19 posted a tweet by Twitter user @TrevonDLogan about the incident (shown below, center). The post received more than 25,000 points (97% upvoted) and 895 comments in less than one month.

Days later, on May 14th, a Redditor[6] who deleted their account wrote, "on March 13, 2020, these three fuckers conducted a no-knock raid on Breonna Taylor's apartment. 22 shots were fired with some bullets going into other apartments. 6 of those bullets struck Ms. Taylor and ended her short life. THEY WERE AT THE WRONG APARTMENT" in the /r/Bad_Cop_No_Donut subreddit. The post received more than 26,000 points (95% upvoted) and 790 comments in less than one month.

On May 29th, Redditor[7] dantheman_woot shared the news that authorities released the 911 call from Breonna Taylor's boyfriend (audio below, right). The post received more than 69,000 points (94% upvoted) and 3,000 in less than one week (shown below right).

... The Root ROOT March 29 ·O Breonna Taylor was shot to death by police officers in a "botched" police raid. Her story deserves all of our #BlackLivesMatter outrage. WITST.Com THEROOT.COM Black Woman Shot to Death by Cops, Cops Outraged That Second Suspect Was Released From Jail Trevon D Logan @TrevonDLogan "Police burst in #BreonnaTaylor's home without announcing their presence and fired at least 22 times, with bullets going into neighboring apartments, and 'it was incredible that Mrs. Taylor was the only one killed." They had the wrong address. SVILLE Attorneys claim LMPD officers killed 26-year- old EMT in 'botched' police raid wdrb.com 11:11 PM 5/8/20 · Twitter for iPad

On June 2nd, Harry Potter actor Emma Watson included Taylor's name in a post on Instagram [7] about the Black Lives Matter movement and the death of numerous African Americans in police-related incidents. The post received more than 1.4 million likes in less than 24 hours (shown below).

emmawatson . Follow emmawatson I was holding off posting until #blackouttuesday ended in the UK. The Artwork of my brilliant dear friend @fahamupecou "White Lies, Subtleties, Micro-Aggressions, and Other Choking Hazards" BROKENOPEN (poem + text from the series BLACK MATTER LIVES) by Dr Fahamu Pecou broken broke and hoping broke in, hoping broke. end. hoping... 1,498,790 likes 1 DAY AGO Add a comment. Post

Media Coverage

Several media outlets have covered the death of Breonna Taylor, including The Washington Post,[1] Courier-Journal,[2] The New York Times,[8] Mother Jones,[9] CNN[10] and more.

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Ryumaru Borike
Ryumaru Borike

"No-knock" plains-clothes raids should be illegal, if on nothing else, than from a practical standpoint. You got a bunch of un-uniformed people pulling up in unmarked vehicles and breaking into a home in the United States of Guns and what the fuck do you think is gonna happen?



Wrong address? Are they brain dead? And who on Earth thought that barging through the door without identifying yourself was a good idea, I get that they were trying to catch the suspected drug dealers by surprise (who according to this article were not only over 10 miles away from Taylor's home, but already arrested as well) but in all honesty, wouldn't they just be retaliated against regardless? I mean they were smashing the door in with a battering ram, according to this article. There really was no point for the "No Knock" warrant from what I can tell.


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