Breonna Taylor, 26, was fatally shot by officers belonging to the Louisville Metro Police Department on March 13, 2020.
The officers went to Taylor’s home to execute a warrant; however, the officers were at the wrong house. Additionally, the man LMPD intended to arrest was taken into custody earlier that day.
According to a lawsuit filed by Taylor's family, Taylor was in bed with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker when the officers entered the home at approximately 12:30 a.m. on March 13, 2020.
The gunfire began after the LMPD officers entered the house without announcing themselves despite the fact that they had a knock and announce warrant. It is not clear who started firing their weapon first.
Reports state that Walker attempted to call 911 when he and Taylor were met with gunfire from the officers. However, the officers claim that Walker opened fire first and struck one of the officers with a weapon he kept in the home. According to the lawsuit, Walker does have a license to carry.
The LMPD officers involved in the shooting are Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly. They have not faced any charges for the killing of Taylor. However, Walker was arrested for his alleged act and is charged with first-degree assault and attempted murder of a police officer. Walker nor Taylor had a criminal record prior to this incident.
The once under-acknowledged case has gotten more media attention and the family is now being represented by Benjamin Crump, the same civil rights attorney who is a part of the legal team for Ahmaud Arbery.
Supporters of Taylor and her family call for justice across social media platforms using the hashtag Justiceforbre (#justiceforbre).