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Tue May 12, 2020, 06:19 PM

Black woman shot and killed after Kentucky police entered her home as she slept, family says

A black woman was asleep in her Louisville, Kentucky, home when three police officers forced their way inside, "blindly fired" and killed her, according to a lawsuit filed by the woman's family. Breonna Taylor, an EMT worker, died on March 13 after officers with the Louisville Metro Police Department executed a search warrant at the wrong home, the suit states.

The officers were looking for a suspect who lived in a different part of the city and was already in police custody after he was arrested earlier.

The lawsuit states that Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were asleep in the bedroom when police in plain clothes and unmarked vehicles arrived at the house around 12:30 a.m. The three officers entered Taylor's home "without knocking and without announcing themselves as police officers," the suit states.

The lawsuit says Taylor and Walker woke up and thought criminals were breaking in. Walker called 911 and police said he opened fire (at the unknown intruders) and shot an officer. The suit states that Walker had a license to carry and kept firearms in the home for protection.

"The police then proceeded to spray gunfire into the residence with a total disregard for the value of human life," the lawsuit alleges. "Shots were blindly fired by the officers all throughout Breonna's home." Taylor, 26, was shot eight times and died. Walker, 27, was arrested and charged with attempted murder on a police officer.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/black-woman-shot-killed-after-kentucky-police-entered-her-home-n1205651

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Reply Black woman shot and killed after Kentucky police entered her home as she slept, family says (Original post)
left-of-center2012 May 2020 OP
mcar May 2020 #1
WhiskeyGrinder May 2020 #2
Coventina May 2020 #40
Jamastiene May 2020 #3
Newest Reality May 2020 #10
SoCalNative May 2020 #12
tblue37 May 2020 #4
skypilot May 2020 #5
2naSalit May 2020 #7
skypilot May 2020 #13
Crunchy Frog May 2020 #6
Solomon May 2020 #8
Celerity May 2020 #9
jimfields33 May 2020 #14
Celerity May 2020 #15
jimfields33 May 2020 #17
Celerity May 2020 #21
Fla Dem May 2020 #19
Celerity May 2020 #23
yonder May 2020 #26
NutmegYankee May 2020 #43
uponit7771 May 2020 #11
a kennedy May 2020 #16
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin May 2020 #18
Calculating May 2020 #20
Celerity May 2020 #24
Calculating May 2020 #36
Celerity May 2020 #38
Brainfodder May 2020 #42
Celerity May 2020 #44
niyad May 2020 #22
Hermit-The-Prog May 2020 #25
smirkymonkey May 2020 #27
42bambi May 2020 #28
saidsimplesimon May 2020 #30
Lucky Luciano May 2020 #29
Iggo May 2020 #31
Mendocino May 2020 #32
SergeStorms May 2020 #33
Karadeniz May 2020 #34
NutmegYankee May 2020 #48
Pepsidog May 2020 #35
Doreen May 2020 #37
Blue Owl May 2020 #39
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Coventina May 2020 #41
NutmegYankee May 2020 #45
Aristus May 2020 #46
Blue_Tires May 2020 #47

Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:21 PM

1. When will it end?

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Response to WhiskeyGrinder (Reply #2)

Wed May 13, 2020, 02:36 PM

40. Yup. n/t

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:24 PM

3. They were wearing plain clothes and did not announce themselves AND were at the wrong house?

I'm not sure of the laws there, but in NC, that's castle doctrine. Homeowners have a right to defend ourselves. What a senseless death and a senseless arrest as well.

She was shot eight times, while she was asleep? I cannot think of any excuse those cops can come up with that would justify any of their actions. They caused this crap by doing everything wrong.

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Response to Jamastiene (Reply #3)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:34 PM

10. Are warrents...

Are warrants now out of vogue?

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Response to Jamastiene (Reply #3)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:35 PM

12. Not only were they at the wrong address

but the subject of the warrant had already been arrested prior to their raid.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:25 PM

4. K&R for visibility. nt

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:25 PM

5. Jesus Christ!!!

Wrong house, wrong part of town, AND the person they were looking for was already in custody.

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Response to skypilot (Reply #5)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:28 PM

7. You noticed that part too?

This is unacceptable in every way possible.

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Response to 2naSalit (Reply #7)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:37 PM

13. And then they SPRAY these two people and...

...what, from the article, sounds like every damned room in the house.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:27 PM

6. Just another day in America.

I don't understand why the murderous pigs weren't charged with murder, other than that it happened in Kentucky.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:28 PM

8. These things are death by a thousand cuts to me.

You can't imagine the rage that builds up inside me each time.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:31 PM

9. Kentucky is a Castle Doctrine state and has a "stand your ground" law.

https://www.usconcealedcarry.com/blog/kentucky-gun-laws-what-you-should-know/
https://www.ncsl.org/research/civil-and-criminal-justice/self-defense-and-stand-your-ground.aspx

A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in any other place where he or she has a right to be has no duty to retreat.


The three officers entered Taylor's home "without knocking and without announcing themselves as police officers," the suit states.


Walker, 27, was arrested and charged with attempted murder on a police officer.


FTP

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Response to Celerity (Reply #9)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:42 PM

14. I believe charges will be dropped or jury will find not guilty

The whole thing is ridiculous! It feels like a tv show script from Chicago PD. Unfortunately, itís real life.

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #14)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:46 PM

15. If the jury is somehow all white, I doubt it. I think many, many whites (especially in

South) are going back to Jim Crow days, some with fucking murderous glee.

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Response to Celerity (Reply #15)

Tue May 12, 2020, 07:12 PM

17. Ugh!

you are right. So many proven experiences to say thatís true.

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Response to jimfields33 (Reply #17)

Tue May 12, 2020, 07:41 PM

21. Trump has unleashed so many already-present hatreds, made them spring to life in millions

of daily interactions at far higher rates than they were, and they always were present.



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Response to Celerity (Reply #9)

Tue May 12, 2020, 07:20 PM

19. This is what happens when cops are trained as if they are in the military.

This is how assaults were conducted in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Response to Fla Dem (Reply #19)

Tue May 12, 2020, 07:51 PM

23. Absolutely! MANY WERE trained in the military. The militarisation of the coppers is off the chain.

So many come back from the American theatres of war with PTSD as well, and end up lashing out within a few months or years of being hired straight in local police forces.


Militarization fails to enhance police safety or reduce crime but may harm police reputation

https://www.pnas.org/content/115/37/9181



The Case Against Police Militarization

https://repository.law.umich.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1280&context=mjrl

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Response to Celerity (Reply #23)

Tue May 12, 2020, 07:58 PM

26. +1.

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Response to Celerity (Reply #9)

Wed May 13, 2020, 02:47 PM

43. Stand your ground doesn't apply

Defense of home is strictly castle doctrine. This gets confused with SYG, but is a centuries (almost a millennium) old principle of English Common Law that once you are in your home, you have no further duty to retreat.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:34 PM

11. We can't even get a f***n break during the plague !! Just damn

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 06:51 PM

16. WTF???

Will it EVER end???

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 07:23 PM

20. Oh come on

So sick of fucking incompetent cops.

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Response to Calculating (Reply #20)

Tue May 12, 2020, 07:54 PM

24. they are not systemically 'incompetent' for the agendas of many, the ones who look at the killing

and terrorising of us PoC as a feature, not a bug, and a positive one at that.

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Response to Celerity (Reply #24)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:13 PM

36. It's not only POC though

Remember that story about the innocent guy who was killed in that 'swatting' incident because a cop 100 feet away with a rifle 'felt scared' and pulled the trigger? There were like 20 other cops there and only the one guy 'feared for his life' and shot the homeowner in his own doorway. No real consequences for the cop either, just a 'tragic accident'.

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Response to Calculating (Reply #36)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:30 PM

38. Never said it was ONLY PoC, but this story is about one, and we are MUCH more likely to be targeted

by cops, much more likely to die or face lethal force when you tally up deaths versus encounters (cops often pay whites little to no mind in situs where we get the full on storming) and adjust for population/demographics.

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Response to Celerity (Reply #38)

Wed May 13, 2020, 02:43 PM

42. It's gross AF, and shows me how STILL poorly evolved human beings are.

Unfortunately, bad apples do grow on trees?

The obsession with tint of skin is just really dumb IMHO.

The hate fueling media and those that can't filter BS?



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Response to Brainfodder (Reply #42)

Wed May 13, 2020, 02:56 PM

44. humans are still tribal creatures, unfortunately, and the US is the most hyper-complex,

scientifically manipulated nation state on the planet. The bad actors have trillions of dollars backing them (and in their minds at stake) and will do ANYTHING to keep their collective whip-hand of control, no matter what horrendous suffering and death results from that. Aslo, what we call a tragedy is, for many of the worst on the white nationalist/oligarch uber alles train, a feature, NOT a bug. They know that all these 'cult of death and destruction' outcomes will occur and they embrace it with psychopathic enthusiasm. They love it like a child, as it IS their creation.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 07:42 PM

22. Heartsick KNR.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 07:57 PM

25. Reads like a KKK execution.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 08:00 PM

27. This is so sad and fucked up I don't even know where to start.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 08:12 PM

28. OMG. My tears are flowing ... flowing ... please make it stop. Someone ... please.

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Response to 42bambi (Reply #28)

Tue May 12, 2020, 08:38 PM

30. We are the force to stop these criminal and cruel

members of our society. I've had enough of excusing those who tolerate those in our society who promote a zero sum game. We are the United States of America.
This is the DU member formerly known as saidsimplesimon.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 08:38 PM

29. This is way worse than the original story I read.

The first article I read didnít say they were serving a warrant to THE WRONG FUCKING HOUSE! So it read like the boyfriend was the bad guy being served who tried to kill a cop.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 08:40 PM

31. Cops.

Maybe we should get some brave ones.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 08:49 PM

32. The police screwed up big time,

so they tack on an attempted murder charge against the boyfriend for leverage.



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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 08:59 PM

33. Will it never end?

I'm beyond words.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:00 PM

34. Good lord...the police need to be charged and Walker released now that more facts are out.

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #34)

Wed May 13, 2020, 03:10 PM

48. He was released back in March.

The judge reduced his bond to just house arrest. Even the judge knows no jury is going to convict this man.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:10 PM

35. Unbelievable. Such a shame.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Tue May 12, 2020, 09:15 PM

37. WTF!!!! JFC!!!

I no longer know what to say or think.
This is the DU member formerly known as Doreen.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 13, 2020, 02:32 PM

39. W. T. F?



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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 13, 2020, 02:38 PM

41. .

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 13, 2020, 02:59 PM

45. The root of this problem is the growth of nighttime "no-knock" raids.

Consider this: The English crown would grant it's customs agents a "general warrant" allowing them to search any home or business for untaxed or contraband goods, but they could only use it during the day and only after they knocked to alert those inside that they were coming in. In response to this, Our Founders took up arms and shot other men down on the battlefield.

Meanwhile today, police can pull a warrant with garbage information, perform a military raid without knocking in the nighttime when a normal homeowner is asleep, and charge any homeowner who uses force with a crime. It's especially bad when one considers that people woken from deep sleep will experience the adrenaline surge of the "fight or flight" response and may not be alert enough (grogginess from deep sleep) to properly assess the situation, but they are expected to perform flawlessly in their recognition of the situation while police get constant breaks "because the job is dangerous".

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 13, 2020, 03:04 PM

46. I guess this means the gloves have come off.

The pigs aren't even pretending to protect and serve anymore.

It's kill every black person you see, and hide behind your badge.

Fuck 'em all...

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed May 13, 2020, 03:05 PM

47. It never changes

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