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Police in Louisville raid wrong house (alleges victim's family), killing a 26 year old EMT

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  1. dissectingaorticaneurysm Red Belt

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    https://www.whas11.com/article/news...-emt/417-0f53a062-412f-448b-8990-6c13b2c98fa3
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Family members of a victim are speaking out, days after a woman was killed in an officer-involved shooting.

    The coroner identified the woman as 26-year-old Breonna Taylor.

    They say she died when officers say they were executing a drug search warrant.

    Police allege when they entered the Springfield Drive home, they were met with gunshots and returned fire, killing Breonna.

    Taylor’s family, however, says the officer account does not show the whole picture.

    They claim officers were looking for someone who didn’t live at the home or had any connection to the victim.

    “She was already an accomplished and certified EMT for the City of Louisville and currently worked for UofL as a medical tech. This is not a woman who would sacrifice her life and her family morals and values to sell drugs on the street,” Bonica Austin, Taylor’s aunt, said.
    To add insult to injury, her boyfriend will be facing attempted murder charges. Of particular interest here is whether or not the police identified themselves beforehand. They say they did, but a witness contradicts that claim; something that could have been easily verified if they wore body cameras, but as members of the Criminal Interdiction Division, they are somehow freed from that burden of additional scrutiny.
     
  2. Trotsky Steel Belt

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    Drug search leads to someone getting killed .... ya dont say

    War on drugs claiming another life.

    Why cant the police just knock on the door and let ya know the jig is up and to come along quiet
     
  4. Social Distance Warrior Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    Terrible fucking story.
     
  5. Trotsky Steel Belt

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    Kenneth Walker, 27, was arrested and charged with attempted murder and assault for shooting Sgt. John Mattingly; Mattingly survived and underwent surgery for his injuries.

    He pleaded not guilty and his lawyer argued that he acted in self-defense because he didn’t know who was at the door.

    “Had Mr. Walker known that police were outside he would have opened the door and ushered them in,” Eggert told the Courier Journal, adding that no drugs were found, the home belonged to Taylor and Walker wasn’t even the target of the police’s search warrant.

    Sam Aguiar, a lawyer for Taylor’s family, told WDRB that it was a case of misidentification and that he believed officers were looking for someone else connected to a different raid.

    “Something went terribly wrong,” he said. “This was clearly a botched execution of a warrant.”

    Walker was being held on a $250,000 full cash bond, yet Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens released him to home incarceration, to the outrage of the police union.
     
  6. IngaVovchanchyn Titanium Belt Platinum Member

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    Both the television news and the article are leaving out the most critical details. Was this a no knock raid or did police officers attempt to serve the warrant in a manner more befitting the Fourth Amendment rights of American citizens?

    Congress should pass a law stripping police of immunity for wrongful deaths and injuries in no knock raids and shielding citizens from bogus attempted murder charges when they act in self-defense.
     
  7. dissectingaorticaneurysm Red Belt

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    In the words of a LT in their Public Integrity Unit:
    “Officers knocked on their door several times and announced themselves as police who were there with a search warrant. The officers gained entry through the exterior door and automatically received gunfire.”

    A neighbor said in an affidavit said that she heard gunfire and Walker calling out for help, but no one announcing themselves as police beforehand. Of course, a simple recording could clear this all up.

    This is what pisses me off about this shitshow. The rest of the department felt restrained by body cameras so they created this division to operate as they see fit. And this is the result.
     
  8. woodguyatl Brown Belt

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    They should just release the bodyscam footage since the Louiseville PD requires them.

    Also, I read two articles last week saying the guy they were after was already in custody from a raid earlier that day.
     
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  9. Zebra Cheeks 2Cheeks Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    That’s terrible.

    I’m divided because I understand mistakes happen at every job. But when you’re responsible for the safety and lives of other people you simply CANNOT be allowed to make mistakes like this.

    It’s atrocious. That poor girl, and that poor family.
     
  10. dissectingaorticaneurysm Red Belt

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    Not the best way to kick off EMS week.

    Louisville PD requires them. The Criminal Interdiction Unit was created to avoid that rule.
     
  11. woodguyatl Brown Belt

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    Shocking.
     
  12. Amerikuracana Yellow Card Yellow Card

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    Because it's not as fun of play-time.
     
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    Sounds bad. No idea why anyone would opt out of body cams at this point. You know you’re never getting the benefit of the doubt.
     
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    There should be a minimum time to knock on the door, and wait for a response. It's not like there were hostages.

    It just keeps getting harder to respect the police.
     
  15. dissectingaorticaneurysm Red Belt

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    Damn, there are about 20,000 no-knock raids every year.

    In theory, no-knock raids are supposed to be used in only the most dangerous situations. So what might be most surprising about them is how infrequently police officers get killed when they bust into suspected criminals' homes unannounced.

    In reality, though, no-knock raids are a common tactic, even in less-than-dangerous circumstances. There are a staggering 20,000 or more estimated no-knock raids every year across America. By the numbers, it's clear that no-knock SWAT raids are far more dangerous to civilians than they are to police.​

    And they increasingly prefer home raids to street drug busts because it gives them the opportunity to seize their property.
     
  16. JSN choo-CHOO! Double Yellow Card

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    Fucked up ass shit. You’d like to think this would lead to change, but we e seen this movie about a million times already.
     
  17. Grave Buster ******WTF Belt****** Platinum Member

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    the 'knock and notice' is literally 5 seconds long.
    it's 'knock knock..police!'
    and then someone hits the door with the 'key'.
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  18. Grave Buster ******WTF Belt****** Platinum Member

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    been on dozens of em
    never fun, always creepy
    but prior intel is crucial
     
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    Fucking disgusting

    No knock raids are dangerous and should be done away with.
     
  20. Zebra Cheeks 2Cheeks Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    right but in this scenario where the witness is saying that no one knocked, it would have made all the difference because the EMT would have never started shooting because she would have known it was the police
     

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