Two Weeks In, Hunger Strikers For Breonna Taylor Reaffirm Calls For Accountability Sunday, Aug 2 2020 

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Water, coffee, herbal tea, vitamins.

For almost two weeks that’s been the full diet of four hunger strikers demanding further accountability for the Louisville Metro Police Department officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor.

On Sunday the hunger strikers said they’re feeling the physical effects of caloric deprivation. But they also affirmed their resolve to intake fewer than 50 calories per day until the LMPD officers are fired and stripped of their pensions.


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NFAC Militia Calls For Answers In Taylor Investigation, Threatens Violence Saturday, Jul 25 2020 

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Standing on the steps of Louisville’s Metro Hall, where so many of Louisville’s leaders have called for justice for Breonna Taylor, a new voice emerged Thursday.

The voice was flanked by men and women in black body armor, black boots, black button shirts and black weapons.


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Louisville Moms March ‘For Every Child We Have Lost’ Friday, Jul 24 2020 

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One of Cherrie Vaughn’s three sons asked his elementary school teacher why police keep killing Black people… and why Black people were enslaved.

Not knowing what to say, his teacher called Vaughn. Vaughn found herself in the position of advocate, but she couldn’t help but wonder why the teacher didn’t have this information.

“At that moment it was just like, time out, woah, something’s not right,” Vaughn said.


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Fischer To Ask State Police To Investigate Future Shootings By Louisville Police Thursday, Jul 23 2020 

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Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said the city will ask the Kentucky State Police to independently investigate shootings by Louisville Metro Police officers, rather than having local police investigate themselves.

Fischer announced this in a video speech posted online Thursday evening. He acknowledged public frustration over how long the investigations into the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor are taking. Fischer said he shares that frustration.


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Black Ex-Metro Officials Call On Fischer To Step Up For Racial Justice Wednesday, Jul 22 2020 

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Theres still time for Mayor Greg Fischer to do right by Louisvilles Black citizens, according to some former Metro officials.

Fischer has been a target of criticism from several factions over his handling of the police killing of Breonna Taylor, subsequent protests and demands related to police reform and funding. Now, more than four months after Taylors death with investigations ongoing and no timeline for closure, some Black leaders who worked with Fischer say he needs to act.

And they want him to listen less to his current advisors, and more to people like them.


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Felony Charges Against Protesters Rare, Unlikely To Stick, Experts Say Wednesday, Jul 15 2020 

The felony intimidation charges brought against protesters outside Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s home on Tuesday are rarely used this way and unlikely to stick, according to court records and local lawyers.

Sam Marcosson, a professor of law at the University of Louisville, called the felony charges of intimidating a participant in a legal process “outrageous.” Marcosson, an expert in criminal and Constitutional law, said he didn’t think they were justified based on Kentucky law or the U.S. Constitution.

“If the idea that the (Louisville Metro Police Department) is seeking to put out there is that protest is in and of itself a form of intimidation, then the First Amendment means nothing… We’ve thrown it out,” he said.

In total, 87 protesters were arrested after a peaceful sit-in on Cameron’s East End front lawn. They were also charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, and the violation of criminal trespass, according to a statement from LMPD. An estimated 200 protesters participated in the action, some from out of state.

Police spokesperson Jessie Halladay said in an email Wednesday that the decision on charges came from commanders at the scene.

“The felony charge is based on protesters trespassing onto the Attorney General’s property, refusing to leave and chanting that if they didn’t get what they want they would burn it down,” she said. “That was deemed an attempt to intimidate, persuade or influence the Attorney General’s decision.”

Cameron’s office is responsible for deciding whether to bring criminal charges against the police officers who killed Breonna Taylor. The 26-year-old Black woman’s death — and the subsequent lack of charges against the officers — precipitated weeks of ongoing protests in Louisville.

Tuesday’s demonstration focused on calling on Cameron to deliver justice for Taylor by arresting and prosecuting the officers who shot her. Cameron said as recently as Monday that he would not put a timeline on when his office would complete its investigation.

Marcosson criticized LMPD’s interpretation of the protest chant, which invokes “burning down” systems of oppression. He put it in the same category as another common chant: “No justice, no peace.” Both, he said, could refer to anger directed at a larger system or the state of things, rather than a particular individual.

“The state has a very high burden to have to show that something really was directed, intended as a threat and that a particular individual was being targeted,” he said.

Plus, he said, the statute is not typically used this way.

Questioned intentions

The statute defining the offense, KRS 524.040, describes it as “use of physical force or a threat directed to a person he believes to be a participant in the legal process.” It’s a felony, and Kentucky still has a lifetime felony disenfranchisement law. People convicted of felonies in Kentucky cannot vote, serve on a jury or possess a firearm.

The intention is to protect witnesses who might be threatened to stop them from testifying in cases, Marcosson said. To consider Cameron a “participant in a legal matter” in the way intended by the statute would be a stretch, he said.

Attorney David Mour said he believed the protesters were “vastly over-charged,” and that the felony charges were being used as a “political weapon.” Muor said he may represent some of the defendants as they fight these charges.

“It’s an effort to suppress the First Amendment right of assembly and the First Amendment right to free speech, and to try to take constitutional rights away from these people,” he said.

Mour questioned the application of the charge, given that protesters didn’t appear to use force or verbally threaten Cameron. He said he did not attend the protest, but watched via livestream.

“I think it’s extremely improbable that all 87 of those people uttered some threat of harm against the Attorney General, such as to give rise to charges of that,” he said.

Elizabeth Kuhn, a spokesperson for Cameron’s office, said in an emailed statement that they “respect the decisions made by the arresting agency and appreciate their assistance in upholding the law.”

“Ultimately, any charges will be subject to the legal process and further review by prosecutors,”  Kuhn’s statement said.

Ingrid Geiser, director of the criminal division of the County Attorney’s Office, said in an email that the Office was not involved in the charging decisions.

“We will review all available facts and evidence and proceed on a case by case basis,” she said in an email.

Double standard?

Marcosson and Mour each compared the issuance of these charges to a different protest in May, when a group rallying in support of gun rights and against coronavirus restrictions hanged an effigy of Gov. Andy Beshear in front of his residence in Frankfort.

No one was arrested in connection with the hanging. One person was fired by a private employer.

“How many people got charged? Zero,” Mour said. “Because we don’t charge white dudes with guns and who are protesting taking away their freedoms because they can’t go get their hair cut.”

LMPD was not involved in that protest, as it took place in Frankfort. But Marcosson said the differential treatment of the two groups of protesters highlights the problem. Police and others must take care not to interpret speech as threatening simply because of the identity of the person producing it, he said.

“If the same statement is made by a woman or a white person, it might be seen as not threatening at all by a police officer or by the person who is the recipient of the speech, the target of the speech, whereas when it comes from somebody who’s a person of color or from a man, it can be interpreted very differently, even the exact same speech,” he said.

Frequency of use

Records show that the charges for intimidating a participant in a legal process levied Tuesday night represent more than a third of all such charges in Louisville in the last year and a half.

The intimidation charge was used 216 times since the start of 2019, according to crime data released online by LMPD, which is current through July 10. This dataset represents “calls for police service where a police incident report was taken.”

The charge has been used 701 times since 2015, according to District court records. Less than a quarter of those produced indictments and advanced to Circuit court.

It was most often used in the 40215 zip code in the south Louisville area that includes Churchill Downs, with 30 such charges there since early 2019, according to the police’s publicly-available crime data. There were 20 charges in the western area covered by the 40211 zip code, and 16 times further south in the Iroquois Park area.

The citation data released online by LMPD show about 54% of those cited were Black, in a city whose population is about 23% Black. The use of the citation overall had decreased from a high of 228 in 2012 to 23 so far this year — until Tuesday’s dozens of arrests including that charge.

In Kentucky, Class D felony charges can carry sentences of one to five years in prison, as well as fines ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

Jacob Ryan contributed reporting.

Committee Will Investigate Fischer’s Role In Breonna Taylor Case, Protest Response Tuesday, Jul 14 2020 

Members of a Metro Council committee tasked with oversight of the government voted unanimously Tuesday to move forward with an investigation into the administration of Mayor Greg Fischer.

The order approved by the 11-member committee describes the investigation as focusing on “the actions and inaction of the administration surrounding the death of Breonna Taylor, the death of David McAtee, and related protests in Louisville Metro.”

Both Taylor and McAtee were Black and killed by law enforcement. Taylor’s death in March, as police were serving a warrant at her apartment has sparked weeks of protests.

Councilwoman Donna Purvis (D-5), the only Black member of the committee, said they had made a promise to the community to investigate what factors contributed to Taylor’s and McAtee’s deaths.

“Please understand that they feel that this administration is playing games with them. As you all see, these people are not playing,” she said. “We need to provide them with the facts, we need to provide them with answers. No matter what comes out of it, but we owe this to them.”

The document lays out a broad potential investigation into issues including the steps members of Fischer’s administration and the Louisville Metro Police Department did or did not take related to Taylor’s shooting death; “any shortcomings” in police training, policy or control systems that led to the warrant executed the night Taylor was killed; and the official response to protests over the last month and a half related to her killing.

Committee members appeared to agree that they would likely focus first on how the administration and police have reacted to protesters, given that such a course may not interfere with the ongoing criminal investigations by the Kentucky Attorney General and the FBI.

The order also referenced the authority of the chair of the Government Oversight and Audit Committee chair currently Brent Ackerson (D-26) — to “issue subpoenas and compel testimony.”

Despite lengthy discussion, the committee elected not to immediately pursue subpoenas, instead settling on inviting key figures such as interim police chief Robert Schroeder, former chief Steve Conrad and Chief of Public Services Amy Hess to testify.

Fischer fired Conrad last month after learning officers involved in the incident leading to local barbecue owner David McAtee’s killing did not wear or did not activate their body cameras. (Although LMPD officers fired their weapons at McAtee after they say the restaurant owner fired first, a later investigation determined McAtee was killed by a bullet from a National Guard member.) Conrad had previously announced plans to retire at the end of June, following outcry over the killing of Taylor.

Debate Over Subpoenas

Councilman Ackerson said testimony acquired by subpoenas could help guide the committee to request the right documents and records to further the investigation.

“It’s going to be us as a body going through documents and hearing the truth, the good, the bad and the ugly,” he said.

But council members including Bill Hollander (D-9) said that could potentially be achieved by inviting government officials to speak with the committee, rather than compelling them to. He described using legislative subpoenas before inviting the person in question as “completely unprecedented.”

Speakers invited to address the committee could be required to do so under oath, legal counsel Jonathan Ricketts said.

For councilman Rick Blackwell (D-12), that was sufficient.

“If we don’t need a subpoena for them to be under oath, then I think the subpoena’s probably unnecessary,” he said. “If they refuse (the invitation), then we go down…that road, but otherwise we get them in and we have them take and oath and go from there.”

On the other hand, councilwoman Marilyn Parker (R-18) expressed support for issuing subpoenas.

“I am for all the subpoena power that we possibly can get that we think is pertinent,” because there are many questions about how the law is being applied during protests, she said.

Council members said last month they would pursue an investigation into Fischer’s actions and decisions leading up to and since the killing of Breonna Taylor by police in her home in March.

They followed that up with a broad demand for documents related to Taylor’s killing, as well as the Vision Russell plan. That came after Sam Aguiar, a lawyer for Taylor’s family, alleged in a court filing that the raid on her home was linked to a city plan to gentrify the neighborhood where her ex-boyfriend, who was a focus of the drug investigation that night, lived.

Fischer has denied that accusation.

Ahead of the Tuesday evening vote, Fischer questioned the “threat” of subpoenas in a press release from his office.

“I’m not clear on why Council would need to issue subpoenas, since we have never declined to make Metro employees available for council and committee meetings, nor declined to provide any data that we’re able to provide,” he said, according to the release. “All Council has to do is ask, and we’ll provide what we’re able to release.”

He again mentioned the ongoing investigations into Taylor’s shooting death — there are currently active investigations by Attorney General Cameron and the FBI — that could lead to criminal prosecutions of the officers who shot at her.  Federal lawmakers called on the Department of Justice to investigate, too. He said Metro could not release documents relevant to those investigations because the attorney general’s office and FBI have asked the city not to, in order to protect their investigations.

The mayor’s office shared in the press release two brief documents related to the development activities targeting Elliott Ave., which was the center of the drug investigation that led police to Taylor’s apartment, miles away. One was a timeline of actions related to the main address targeted in that investigation, 2424 Elliott Ave. The other describes the “Elliott Ave. Project,” and addresses some details alleged by Aguiar in last week’s court filing.

Caitlin Bowling, a spokeswoman for economic development agency Louisville Forward, confirmed those documents were all that was sent to council.

Dozens Arrested Outside Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s Home Tuesday, Jul 14 2020 

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Police arrested dozens of protesters participating in a sit-in on the lawn of Attorney General Daniel Cameron Tuesday evening.

One by one, officers detained protesters dressed in white as they called for the swift conclusion of the investigation into the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.

Protesters have demanded that all three officers involved in Taylor’s death should be fired, arrested and prosecuted for their involvement.


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U.S. Rep. Yarmuth, City Leaders Join In Call For Accountability In Breonna Taylor Case Monday, Jul 13 2020 

Congressman John Yarmuth and other city leaders joined in a protest march on Monday calling for transparency and accountability in the police killing of Breonna Taylor.

Monday morning’s “Until Justice” demonstration was not unlike other protests seen in Louisville since May 28. For the past seven weeks, sustained protests have called for the arrest and prosecution of the three officers involved in the shooting death of Taylor, transparency in the investigation into the incident, criminal justice reforms, disinvestment from police and investment in the city’s Black community.

But Monday’s protests began with an implicit endorsement from U.S. Congressman John Yarmuth, who commented on the sheer momentum of Louisville’s calls for justice.

“This is continuing an effort started a couple months ago that will continue until we have justice,” Yarmuth said.

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Congressman John Yarmuth speaking to protesters in Louisville Monday.

Protesters marched from Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza to Metro Hall chanting “no justice, no peace” and calling out the name of Taylor, who was killed by police during a raid in March.

Standing on the steps of Metro Hall, just outside the mayor’s office, city leaders including Pastor Bruce F. Williams gave impassioned speeches calling for justice, transparency and accountability.

“Have you ever heard of demonstrations happening in all 50 states? Have you ever seen a demonstration where Black Lives Matter is the mantra but you have more white people than Black folk in the demonstration? Have you ever seen gatherings where there are organizations that are a cross section of the entire community yet our leaders are so tone deaf and blind that they cannot see this is not business as usual,” Williams said.

With megaphone in hand, Sadiqa Reynolds, president of the Louisville Urban League, reiterated a chief demand of protesters: terminate the officers involved in Taylor’s killing.

One officer, Brett Hankinson, has been fired for displaying “an extreme indifference to the value of human life.” The other two officers remain on administrative leave.

“I am here representing the Urban League. I do not come with just my own voice as a Black woman who understands how scary it is that a woman in her home could be killed in a compassionate city that does nothing in response to her death,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds and other speakers also had a message for Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who is currently overseeing the investigation into Taylor’s death: “Do your job.”

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Protesters outside Metro Hall on Monday.

Attorney and Courier Journal cartoonist Marc Murphy addressed the crowd and called out Cameron specifically, saying there is no case more important in the whole country than Taylor’s.

“There are Breonna Taylor posters and paintings all over the world and there is a Breonna Taylor file on your desk sir. It’s time you pay attention to that,” Murphy said.

Cameron reiterated Monday that he would not put a timeline on his investigation, saying only that he recognizes the public interest and has a responsibility to get it right.

Protest organizer Timothy Findley said he has a simple message for the mayor, the police and the attorney general:

“Until there justice for Breonna Taylor, until there is justice in this city, until there is economic justice, it’s going to be a long year. We are not tired. We’re going to continue to do what needs to be done until we see justice,” Findley said.

Lawyers Allege Raid At Breonna Taylor’s Home Linked To Redevelopment Plan Monday, Jul 6 2020 

Lawyers for the family of Breonna Taylor allege in a new court filing that the raid that led to her fatal shooting by police was motivated by the city’s desire to redevelop a block in the Russell neighborhood where her ex-boyfriend lived.

In an amended complaint, the lawyers claimed “the Defendants raided Breonna Taylor’s home due to a reckless police operation motivated by a need to get a street cleared for a real estate development project.”

But a city official said that narrative is not accurate.

“Our amended complaint creates no narrative, it just lays it out,” attorney Sam Aguiar told WFPL News. He is one of the lawyers representing Taylor’s mother Tamika Palmer in a civil suit against the three officers who shot at Taylor.

The 31-page document, filed Sunday, includes six pages detailing allegations about the city’s plan to redevelop the 2400 block of Elliott Ave. that led to aggressive policing and, subsequently, Taylor’s killing. The filing presents only one side and does not qualify as evidence.

“It’s the first piece of the puzzle that leads to Breonna dying,” he said. “And there are a lot of pieces of the puzzle.”

He said he has no problem with redeveloping west Louisville, where the Russell neighborhood is located. His problem is with using aggressive policing to further that development.

Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was killed after midnight on March 13 by Louisville Metro Police Department officers acting on a search warrant as part of a larger narcotics investigation. No drugs were found in her home. Her case has gained national attention as an example of unjustified police violence against Black people.

A main target of the operation was Jamarcus Glover, Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, who lived at 2424 Elliott Ave. His home and two others on the block—2425 and 2526 Elliott Ave.—were included in a batch of search warrants on March 12, 2020. Another warrant for 2605 Muhammad Ali Blvd. was not executed. The final warrant, for 3003 Springfield Drive, miles away from the Elliott houses, was for Taylor’s apartment, the complaint said.

Aguiar alleged the city was planning to redevelop the 2400 block of Elliott Ave. as part of its Vision Russell project to revitalize the neighborhood, which includes some of the lowest median incomes in the state.

In the filing, Aguiar noted that several of the large planned projects in Russell, such as the Passport Health Plan corporate headquarters and a previous attempt to locate a Walmart in the neighborhood, had failed.

The relatively recent development push in Russell has been met with enthusiasm from those seeking improved economic conditions for the historically red-lined area. But others who worry about rising property values and subsequent displacement have raised concerns about gentrification.

“The Elliott real estate development plans have been mostly obscured from the public. But the plans are big. The development, according to plans, will bring in modern, futuristic looking homes, a cafe, an amphitheater, a state-of-the-art fitness center and more,” Aguiar wrote in the filing.

He argued that police executed the search at 2424 Elliott Ave., and subsequently at Taylor’s apartment, under pressure from city officials. The document cited Mayor Greg Fischer among those who, Aguiar claimed, had sought to redevelop that block, “so that a high dollar, legacy-creating real estate development could move forward.”

A spokeswoman for Fischer, Jean Porter, called Aguiar’s allegations, “outrageous … without foundation or supporting facts,” in a statement.

“They are insulting to the neighborhood members of the Vision Russell initiative and all the people involved in the years of work being done to revitalize the neighborhoods of west Louisville,” she said.

Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, the chief of economic development agency Louisville Forward, said there are no set or published plans for the block. Options include a community land trust, which is a community-owned development tool used to provide affordable housing long-term, she said.

She said the goal is to provide clean, safe and affordable housing in partnership with community organizations.

“Elliott Ave. is a focus for us because, unfortunately, it has a high level of vacancy and abandonment in those properties,” she said.

Louisville Metro’s Landbank Authority acquired 2424 Elliott Ave. on June 5, according to public records. The Landbank Authority takes on and sells abandoned or vacant properties at relatively low-cost, hoping the buyers will rehabilitate them to usable condition, but that doesn’t always happen.

2424 Elliott Ave.

In late January, Louisville’s Department of Codes and Regulations notified the owner of 2424 Elliott Ave. that the property was to be cited as a public nuisance following reports of criminal activity there.

Weeks earlier, on Dec. 30, the Louisville Metro Police Department arrested Darreal Forest, Rayshawn Lee and Adrian Walker on drug and weapons charges following an investigation into that property at 2605 Muhammad Ali Blvd. Then on Jan. 3, police arrested Jamarcus Glover and Dominique Crenshaw on similar charges.

Gerald Happle, president of Law Mar Inc., which until recently owned 2424 Elliott Ave., responded to the public nuisance notice in a hand-written letter obtained by WFPL News. In the letter, Happle acknowledged the “seizure of guns, drugs and drug paraphernalia.” The letter is dated Jan. 29.

He wrote he had discussed the matter with the current occupants—whom he did not name—who said an inspection took place but that no arrests were made or illegal substances found.

Happle requested an extension to address the matter.

“If no agreement is reached we will of course file for eviction,” he wrote.

There is no public record of eviction notices filed against any of the men arrested in connection to the property in late December and early January.

The last paragraph of the letter asks, “Incidentally does the city have any program to purchase or accept donations of problem properties.”

Aguiar alleged Codes and Regulations was “tasked with conducting a joint investigation with PBI in efforts associated with the Elliott properties,” referring to LMPD’s Place Based Investigations Unit. The department describes PBI as focused on “identifying and disrupting crime place networks.” It is a part of the Criminal Interdiction Unit, which also includes the narcotics division.

This was all, Aguiar alleged, part of an increased effort to clear Elliott Ave. of residents to make way for the future development under pressure from Metro.

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In the amended complaint, he also presented screenshots of futuristic architectural renderings created by the University of Kentucky as plans for the block.

Wiederwohl said the renderings were part of a student project that was not paid for by the city. She said Elliott Ave. was presented to students participating in the west Louisville studio run by the University’s College of Design as a potential design project.

Asked by WFPL if he believed the city planned to erect such buildings on Elliott Ave., Aguiar said he believed the city intends to do “very modern developments” there.

He emphasized his concern was inappropriately using police to clear the way for development.

“We don’t want to lose sight of the fact that, yes, this started with a police unit dedicated towards Elliott, but had they still done their job and done their job correctly, it doesn’t end with Breonna Taylor dying,” he said.

Wiederwohl said the Office of Community Development, which contains the Landbank Authority and is part of Louisville Forward, has a “strong working relationship” with LMPD but declined to elaborate. Representatives for LMPD did not respond to questions for this story, including one regarding its working relationship with the Office of Community Development. The department has previously declined to comment on the case, pending an ongoing investigation. LMPD rarely closes investigations into shootings by its officers.

Wiederwohl also said Law Mar donated the property. Happle did not respond to a request for comment.

The Landbank Authority acquired the property for “One Dollar ($1.00) , and other good and valuable consideration,” according to the deed. Records from the Property Value Administrator list the price as $17,160, which Louisville Forward spokeswoman Caitlin Bowling said is the value of the tax write-off for the donation.

Bowling said the property was not a target of acquisition by the Office of Community Development prior to its donation because it was occupied and there were no liens on it. She and Wiederwohl said Metro aims to take possession of vacant and abandoned properties.

This year, the city has issued two building permits for the 2400 block of Elliott Ave., for electrical repairs. Since 2018, the city has issued five demolition permits for properties on that block.

The Landbank now owns nearly two dozen properties on the two-block stretch between 24th and 26th Streets, according to records from the Jefferson County Property Value Administrator. That’s up from eight properties on those blocks in Sept. 2018.

In the court filing, Aguiar alleged members of LMPD’s Criminal Interdiction Division were “deliberately misled” to believe 2424 Elliott Ave. was home to “some of Louisville’s largest violent crime and drug rings and that accomplishing the objective was critical towards reducing crime and violence in Louisville.”

LMPD Detective Joshua Jaynes wrote in an affidavit seeking the warrants for the raids conducted on March 12 and 13 that 2424 Elliott Ave. was a “drug house.” Last month, Jaynes was placed on paid leave given the questions surrounding the warrants.

Other Allegations

In the amended complaint, Aguiar raised other concerns related to the police’s actions.

He alleged police recorded the time of the raid on Glover’s home at midnight, then later changed documents to suggest it took place at 12:40 a.m., around the time of the raid on Taylor’s apartment. He also claimed LMPD called off, then subsequently, inappropriately, decided to serve the Taylor warrant based on a desire to apprehend two subjects they did not find on Elliott Ave.

Aguiar described LMPD’s intelligence related to Taylor’s apartment as “poor.”

“LMPD’s decision to reassemble a team to hit Springfield, despite having already apprehended (Jamarcus Glover), was unreasonable, sloppy, unlawful and without probable cause,” he wrote.

One of the three officers who fired at Taylor, Brett Hankison, was fired by LMPD last month over his actions during the raid. He is appealing that decision. Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and officer Myles Cosgrove remain on paid leave.

They fired their weapons in response to a warning shot from Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker, who was with her that night. He told police he and Taylor did not know who was entering the apartment by force and shot at them, believing them to be intruders.

Walker was initially charged with first degree assault and attempting to murder a police officer. Those charges were dropped.

Taylor’s family and their supporters have been consistent in their calls for all three officers to be fired, and to be charged for killing her.

Kentucky’s Attorney General Daniel Cameron is reviewing LMPD’s internal investigation to consider whether to bring criminal charges. The FBI is conducting its own investigation into the fatal shooting.

The civil suit alleges wrongful death, excessive force and negligence, and calls for punitive damages to be awarded to Taylor’s family.

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