Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend is “a million-percent sure” that Louisville cops didn’t identify themselves before bursting into the 26-year-old emergency medical worker’s apartment and shooting her dead, according to a new report.
Kenneth Walker asked “several times” who was knocking on their door on March 13 and got no answer he said during an interview on “CBS This Morning” due to air Wednesday.
“The next thing I know the door is flying open.”
Walker grabbed his licensed handgun and fired, wounding one of the cops before Taylor was killed in a barrage of more than two-dozen police bullets.
“I didn’t have a clue, that’s why I grabbed the gun,” Walker said during the interview. “If it was the police at the door and they just said ‘We’re the police’ me or Breonna didn’t have a reason at all not to open the door to see what they wanted.”
Asked if he could have assumed it was the police, Walker said, “Why would the police be coming here?”
Taylor was asleep when Louisville cops executed a no-knock warrant at the apartment as part of a narcotics investigation. Police suspected that Taylor’s ex-boyfriend stashed drugs in the apartment — but found none.
One of the officers, Det. Bett Hankison was fired after the fatal incident and was indicted by a grand jury on charges of wonton endangerment because bullets he fired flew into neighboring apartments.
But Hankison and the two other cops in the raid — Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, who was wounded, and Det. Myles Cosgrove — were cleared by a Kentucky grand jury of any criminal liability for Taylor’s death.
Hankison pleaded not guilty to the charges and remains free on $15,000 bond.
State Attorney General Daniel Cameron later conceded that he did not present homicide charges to the 12-member panel.
Walker told CBS that both he and Taylor asked who was at the door when startled by the loud knocking — and disputed the police department’s claim that the officers did announce themselves before busting in.
“It was dead silent in the house,” Walker said. “And it was 12, 1 at night, or whatever time. So it was — it’s always quiet. We live in a quiet place. So if somebody was on the other side of the door saying anything, we would hear them.”
“I’m a million-percent sure that nobody identified themselves,” he said.
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