Edited by Naomi K. Bonman
As the Nation, the World, continues to protest let us not forget what is going on in the background. As justice is served, it begins slow. According to ABC News, the FBI has finally opened investigation to the death of Breonna Taylor.
The FBI in Louisville, Kentucky, has opened an investigation into the police-involved shooting death of front-line worker Breonna Taylor., ABC News states.
On March 13, Breonna Taylor and her boyfriend were sleeping peacefully in their apartment when officers with the Louisville Metro Police Department attempted to execute a “no-knock” search warrant. Three plainclothes officers opened Taylor’s front door and “blindly” opened fire into their apartment, according to a wrongful death lawsuit filed in April by Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer.
Breonna, who was a licensed EMT, was shot eight times and later died.
Due to a number of media requests, FBI Louisville is issuing the following statement. pic.twitter.com/i64rb9DW2z
— FBI Louisville (@FBILouisville) May 21, 2020
“The FBI will collect all available facts and and evidence and will ensure that the investigation is conducted in a fair, thorough and impartial manner. As this is an ongoing investigation, we are not able to comment further at this time,” said Special Agent in Charge Robert Brown in a statement on Thursday.
Taylor was accused of accepting USPS packages for an ex-boyfriend who police were investigating as an alleged drug trafficker and used her address, according to the warrant.
“I believe additional investigation is necessary,” said Wine at a press conference. “I believe the independent investigation by the attorney general’s office of Kentucky, FBI and U.S. attorneys office must be completed before we go forward with any prosecution of Kenneth Walker and if after those reviews we believe there is sufficient evidence to present to the grand jury will do so.”
Mattingly and Officers Brett Hankinson and Myles Cosgrove were placed on administrative reassignment pending an investigation and are named as defendants in the lawsuit. An investigation is also being conducted by the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Public Integrity Unit.
Louisville Police Department Chief Steve Conrad said at a press conference after the shooting the officers who worked with their criminal interdiction unit did not wear body cameras.
This is major news considering that they believe the case needs to and should be investigated further. We are slowly making progress. But it’s going to take a bit more until we get to the place where we desire to be in.
MAJOR DEVELOPMENTS IN #BreonnaTaylor case! We will not rest until everyone involved is held accountable and we get #JusticeForBre!! https://t.co/hh1NWi69GX https://t.co/PQqP1ncBMS https://t.co/xXvNfXOqnz pic.twitter.com/f8vR6NWmmo
— Benjamin Crump, Esq. (@AttorneyCrump) May 21, 2020