Protestors have assembled in Louisville as they anticipate the grand jury decision regarding the officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor.
Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was fatally shot after a no-knock warrant was executed in her home.
The March 13 raid on Taylor’s Louisville apartment was done because of Taylor being linked to an ex who was arrested on the same night. Taylor worked as an emergency room technician and a nurse, while she and boyfriend, 27-year-old Kenneth Walker, was asleep in her apartment when they heard someone coming in through the door.
Three White plainclothes officers — Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove — had entered on the no-knock warrant, the Courier-Journal reported. Fearing the officers were intruders, Walker discharged his weapon once with the officers responding with 20 shots, including multiple that hit Taylor and killed her.
Protests have been forming in the streets for months and Breonna Taylor has been a fixture on social media and with prominent celebrities and athletes like Lebron James.
With the results of a criminal investigation into those officers expected as soon as this week, Louisville is bracing for what may be the most explosive development yet in the high-profile fallout over Taylor’s death The city’s police leadership has declared “a state of emergency” and canceled all days off, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal, as Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) said he is prepared to deploy the National Guard to quell possible demonstrations.
Last week, Louisville announced a $12 million settlement with Taylor’s family, amounting to one of the largest payouts for a police killing in the country’s history.
In addition, the city has vowed to carry out major reforms, including requiring police to conduct extensive risk assessments before applying for a warrant and asking commanders to approve all search warrant applications submitted to a judge.
Following the death of Taylor, the use of no-knock warrants were ceased.