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Nearly six months after Breonna Taylor was violently massacred in her own home, it seems that Louisville officials are no closer to charging the officers responsible for her death. However, new photos shed light on the horrific aftermath of the shooting and casts doubt on the narrative from the Louisville Metro Police Department that body cam footage of the shooting doesn’t exist.
More than 1,000 photos were released to various news publications showing dozens of bullet casings and bullet holes inside and around Taylor’s Louisville apartment. The 26-year-old EMT was shot and killed by LMPD officers when they executed a no-knock warrant relating to a narcotics investigation.
The photos, which were released to several news publications earlier this month, show bullet holes on the ceiling, walls, chairs, the shower, a wall clock, mirrors, cabinets, pots, shoes and drawers, WAVE 3 reported. Dozens of shell casings were found in the breezeway outside of Taylor’s apartment and nearly a dozen more were found in the parking lot.
The treasure trove of photos also show several LMPD officers involved in the deadly drug raid, including officer Brett Hankison, who was fired for “blindly” firing 10 shots into the apartment. The photos also show at least one officer wearing a body camera and another wearing a body camera holder, VICE reported.
Officer Tony James was photographed wearing a body camera over his right shoulder. Fellow Officer Myles Cosgrove was also photographed wearing a body camera mount on his vest. Officers Cosgrove, Hankison and Sgt. Jon Mattingly were placed on administrative reassignment following the raid for discharging their weapons.
No officer has been charged for killing Taylor.
In statements made after the shooting, LMPD claimed that the officers involved did not wear body cameras and that there was no body camera footage from the raid.
“I want to start by letting you all know that we have no body-worn video cameras to share with you from this morning’s shooting,” then-Police Chief Steve Conrad said during a press conference hours after the incident. “This incident was related to the execution of a search warrant by members of our Criminal Interdiction Division, and some of the officers assigned to this division do not wear body-worn video systems.”
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer told VICE in July that none of the seven officers who participated during the raid were wearing body cameras. Following the shooting, Fischer announced that the department would now require all officers, regardless of their division, to wear body cameras while serving warrants.
However, photos of the officer’s involved raise doubt that those statements were true. The publication noted that it is unclear whether the body camera that was present was turned on during the shooting.
LMPD has not released any footage from the shooting. In an email to The North Star, an LMPD spokesperson said the department did not release the photos and due to the ongoing investigation and pending litigation, the department is also not commenting on the case.
Family Responds to Photos
Taylor’s family has spent the last six months demanding justice for her unjustified murder by police. Her family responded to the images of the aftermath of the shooting, telling WAVE 3 that the photos made Taylor’s apartment look like a war zone.
Ben Crump, a civil rights attorney representing Taylor’s family, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
On September 1, Crump decried the efforts by prosecutors to posthumously frame Taylor in a bid to clear police of any wrongdoing. It was reported that prosecutors offered Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, a plea deal in exchange for his testimony that she was a part of an organized drug syndicate.
“This is why the Black community has no trust in America’s justice system,” Crump said in a statement. “It’s enormously ironic that the accused drug dealer here acted with honor, refusing to falsely discredit Bre after her death – even when offered the temptation of no prison time for lying, while prosecutors and police acted in the most egregiously dishonest and dishonorable way possible. The police killed Bre once, and now they’re trying to kill her again by killing her reputation and her good name. Disgusting behavior by those who are supposed to be the protectors of justice.”
Glover was named on the warrant that prompted officers to raid Taylor’s apartment on March 13. He was taken into custody earlier that night during another raid in another location. Photographs of a letter Glover wrote to Taylor were also released.
About the Author
Nicole Rojas is a senior writer for The North Star. She has published in various publications, including Newsweek, GlobalPost, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, and the Long Island Post. Nicole graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a degree in print journalism. She is an avid world traveler who recently explored Europe, Asia, Australia and the Americas.