Breonna Taylor’s Boyfriend Heard Pleading For Help In Newly Released 911 Call
Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, can be heard screaming for help during the call.
May 29, 2020 at 10:35 pm
On the call, Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, can be heard crying while telling a dispatcher, "I don't know what happened ... Somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend."
"I don't know, she is on the ground right now. I don't know, I don't know," he said when asked where Taylor had been shot.
Throughout the call, Walker is crying for help and is audibly distraught. WLKY-TV reported that the call was made after police officers had retreated from the house following the shooting.
There has been national outrage and protests since details were released about Taylor's death on March 13. According to a lawsuit filed by Taylor's family, the police officers who shot Taylor arrived at the couple's home in unmarked cars and without uniforms before letting off a hail of bullets into the apartment.
Police were executing a warrant for a man who did not live in the apartment and who had already been arrested, as Blavity previously reported.
The family's lawsuit states police entered through the door unannounced, and fearing that he was being robbed, Walker shot at the officers entering his home. After he hit Sgt. John Mattingly in the leg once, the officers shot 20 bullets into the apartment, killing Taylor, who had been sleeping. Police said they knocked on the door before entering, but neighbors said they didn't hear anything before the gunfire, according to The Washington Post.
"The Defendants then proceeded to spray gunfire into the residence with a total disregard for the value of human life. Shots were blindly fired by the officers all throughout Breonna’s home and also into the adjacent home, where a five-year-old child and a pregnant mother had been sleeping," the lawsuit states.
"Breonna Taylor was shot at least eight times by the officers’ gunfire and died as a result. Breonna had posed no threat to the officers and did nothing to deserve to die at their hands," the lawsuit continues.
Walker was initially arrested for shooting Mattingly, but those charges have since been dropped.
The FBI recently announced it was looking into the case, and Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad said he planned to step down following criticism of what happened, WLKY reported. The Kentucky attorney general is also investigating the actions of Mattingly and detectives Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankison.
Due to a number of media requests, FBI Louisville is issuing the following statement. pic.twitter.com/i64rb9DW2z— FBI Louisville (@FBILouisville) May 21, 2020
It has since been revealed that Hankison has a long history of violence while on the job and has been accused of misconduct multiple times, as Blavity previously reported.
"Hankison’s documented use of force history within LMPD is pages long, documenting dozens of situations where he has sent citizens to the hospital for injuries from being tased, pepper sprayed and struck repeatedly in the nose and eyes," the family's lawsuit states.
"Hankison has taken out his anger both while on the job and during his off-duty security detail at bars on Shelbyville Road. He has a history of fighting with citizens, breaking out car windshields with flashlights, and punching citizens with such force that Hankison himself has needed stitches in his hand," the lawsuit adds.
According to CBS News, city officials announced they are changing the rules around "no-knock" search warrants and will now require officers to get approval from the police chief before executing. They will also require all officers to wear body cameras when carrying out search warrants after the officers involved in Taylor's death were not wearing them.
Taylor was a frontline worker, helping people as an EMT as the city battled the spread of COVID-19.
“She was an essential worker. She had to go to work. She didn’t have a problem with that. … To not be able to sleep in her own bed without someone busting down her door and taking her life. … I was just like, ‘Make sure you wash your hands!’” Tamika Palmer, Taylor’s mother, said in an interview with The Post.
Since Taylor's death, there have been protests in Louisville. On Thursday night, seven people were shot during gatherings, according to The New York Times. People have criticized the press for not covering Taylor's death as much as other highly publicized police shootings recently.
We’re not talking about #BreonnaTaylor enough! Louisville PD went into the WRONG COMPLEX, WRONG APARTMENT, 20 SHOTS, 8 BULLETS found in Breonna, killing her all over a “drug warrant” gone wrong. pic.twitter.com/Z4DRVM4VnZ— 💫✨ (@TheJessieWoo) May 12, 2020
“Not one person has talked to me. Not one person has explained anything to me. I want justice for her. I want them to say her name. There’s no reason Breonna should be dead at all,” Palmer added.