Louisville Police Release Incredulously Incomplete And Inaccurate Incident Report From Night Of Breonna Taylor's Killing
Among other falsities, police indicated they did not force entry into Breonna Taylor's home.
June 11, 2020 at 3:09 pm
After public outcry and a concerted social media effort to demand answers in the killing of Breonna Taylor, the Louisville Metro Police Department has released the incident report from the night of March 13 when the young EMT was killed.According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, the “narrative” part of the report, the most informative part of an incident report, has only two words: "PIU investigation.”
The four-page report details the 26-year-old’s full name, the time, date, case number and location of the incident. But specific information about Taylor, such as her home address and date of birth, and about the circumstances of her death was not included in the report.
The report said she had sustained no injuries, despite Taylor being shot eight times during the "no-knock" raid.
On the first page of the document, the LMPD checked the box for "No" under the “Forced Entry” section although a battering ram was used to force entry into the home that night, according to the Courier-Journal.Mayor Greg Fischer issued a statement Wednesday calling the department’s documentation of the event unacceptable.
"Full stop. It’s issues like this that erode public confidence in LMPD’s ability to do its job, and that’s why I’ve ordered an external top-to-bottom review of the department," he said. "I am sorry for the additional pain to the Taylor family and our community."
Police officials attributed the “inaccuracies” in the report to a computer reporting program that creates the paper files, the Courier-Journal reports."Inaccuracies in the report are unacceptable to us, and we are taking immediate steps to correct the report and to ensure the accuracy of incident reports going forward," a statement from the department said.
The officers involved in the shooting — Sgt. Jon Mattingly, Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankison — have been placed on administrative reassignment pending the investigation. Joshua Jaynes, the detective who made the warrant request, has also been reassigned, per police officials.
The Courier-Journal has sued the LMPD and seeks the immediate release of the department's investigation documents. But police have refused to release the file because the investigation into Taylor's death is ongoing."I read this report and have to ask the mayor, the police chief and the city's lawyers: Are you kidding? This is what you consider being transparent to taxpayers and the public?" Richard A. Green, editor of the Courier-Journal, said.
Jon Fleischaker, legal counsel for the Courier-Journal, said the document is proof that LMPD continues to skirt its responsibility to be transparent to the public.“Under the Fischer administration, there has been a consistent policy and practice of refusing to tell the public what is going on with the police, regardless of how inappropriate the officer conduct has been — even when it was criminal," he said.
Taylor would have celebrated her 27th birthday on June 5.
Breonna Taylor would have been 27 years old today. She was an award-winning EMT who worked at two hospitals, saving hundreds of lives. The second picture is from her 25th birthday. She was murdered by police while she was sleeping in her bed. #BreonnaTaylor #JusticeForBre pic.twitter.com/crKw6kVXaz— Kelsey (@kelseyr713) June 5, 2020