Newly released bodycam footage shows Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker crying ‘my girlfriend’s dead!’ and telling cops the pair were ‘in bed and scared’ and that she fired the gun moments after she was shot dead in a bungled raid in March.
The footage was released to various outlets including WDRB and VICE. It shows the moments after Taylor was killed in the crossfire while her boyfriend and Louisville cops exchanged fire on March 13.
The cops were performing a no-knock warrant raid on her home in connection with a drug probe into her ex-boyfriend at the time.
In the video, Walker is shown outside the apartment with his arms behind his head. The cops yell at him not to move and threaten to set a barking German Shepherd on him. He is heard screaming: ‘My girlfriend is dead!’, asking what happened and asking what he’d done wrong.
‘What happened? You’re going to f****g prison for the rest of your life,’ officer Brett Hankison replied to him.
When they put him in handcuffs, Walker told the cops again that Taylor was dead inside, something that surprised them.
‘We were in bed, we were scared! We didn’t know who it was!’ She asked 10 times, “who’s at the door?”
‘There was banging at the door she said who is it and then they started shooting,’ he said.
Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker is seen crying and screaming that she is dead while cops put him in handcuffs on March 13
Walker outside the property with his hands behind his head in surrender. He yelled at the cops that Taylor was dead inside
One of the cops refuted him, saying: ‘No. We said three times we had a search warrant’.
Another cop then interjected: ‘There’s somebody dead inside?’ to which Walker replied: ‘Yeah, my girlfriend. It’s her house! She’s on the ground in the hallway!’
Breonna Taylor was shot and killed in the crossfire between Kenneth Walker and the cops
The cops ask: ‘What kind of gun did she shoot?’
He replied: ‘It’s a nine.. it’s a regular 9mm.’
Another cop asked: ‘Did she shoot or did you shoot?’
He replied: ‘It was her! She was scared!’
The cops claim they announced themselves and knocked.
Their warrant didn’t require them to, but the incident has called into question whether such warrants should be legal.
Because Walker fired the weapon first on the cops, the Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has ruled they were justified in returning fire and, although unintentional, killing Taylor.
That decision has triggered global outrage. Taylor’s family, who won $12million from the city in a wrongful death lawsuit, are now demanding that Cameron be replaced by a special prosecutor.
Neither Jonathan Mattingly (left) nor Myles Cosgrove (right) have been charged over Taylor’s death
Cameron is standing by his decision. On Tuesday night, he defended it in an interview with Fox and Friends and said he was being unfairly attacked by the left because he is a black Republican.
Brett Hankison is the only cop out of the three who was charged. He was charged with wanton endangerment for a bullet that went into Taylor’s neighbor’s home
‘Because I am a black Republican, I’ve had to stand up for truth and justice and oppose to giving in to a mob mentality.
‘Those are the sorts of things that will be hurled at me in this job, those are the sorts of things that I heard in college… again, because I identify with a different political philosophy.
‘It doesn’t hurt me but what it does, it exposes the type of intolerance and the hypocrisy… people preach about being tolerant.
‘You see a lot of that from the left about being tolerant but what you saw there is inconsistent with tolerance,’ he said.
Other recordings that have been released show the cops being interviewed in the immediate aftermath of the shooting.
The only charge filed against any of the cops is one of wanton endangerment that was filed against Brett Hankison for firing into Taylor’s neighbor’s home.
Evidence photos show a glass sliding door was shattered by police bullets in the shooting
Officers, who had a ‘no-knock’ warrant, testified that they knocked three times and identified themselves before they breached her apartment