“#Breonna Taylor police incident report is almost entirely blank”
June 11, 2020 | 2:17pm | Updated June 11, 2020 | 2:48pm
The four-page document released by the Metro Police Department includes the victim’s full name, Breonna Shaquelle Taylor, the fact that she is a 26-year-old black female, as well as the time, date, case number and incident location, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported.
But strikingly, it lists her injuries as “none,” even though Taylor was shot at least eight times and died on her hallway floor in a pool of blood, attorneys for her family told the paper.
During a botched March 13 raid, three plainclothes cops barged into Taylor’s Louisville home and began firing, killing the young EMT.
The officers, Brett Hankinson, 44, Myles Cosgrove, 42, and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, 47, were placed on administrative leave while the department investigates their actions.
None have been criminally charged in connection with Taylor’s shooting, which is currently under investigation by the FBI.
The detective who requested the warrant, Joshua Jaynes, has also been reassigned, the department announced Wednesday, according to the Courier-Journal.
Under “charges,” the document states, “death investigation — LMPD involved,” but “no” is checked under “forced entry” even though cops used a battering ram to knock in Taylor’s apartment door, according to the report.
The narrative section of the report is conspicuously blank, aside from two words, “PIU investigation,” the Courier-Journal reported.
The remainder of the report says nothing at all.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer called the report “unacceptable” in a statement released to the paper.
“Full stop. It’s issues like this that erode public confidence in LMPD’s ability to do its job, and that’s why I’ve ordered an external top-to-bottom review of the department,” he said. “I am sorry for the additional pain to the Taylor family and our community.”
The Courier-Journal is suing the police department for the immediate release of the investigative file on Taylor’s shooting, according to the report.
But police have refused, citing the ongoing investigation.
“I read this report and have to ask the mayor, the police chief and the city’s lawyers: Are you kidding? This is what you consider being transparent to taxpayers and the public?” said Richard A. Green, the paper’s editor. “At a time when so many are rightfully demanding to know more details about that tragic March evening, I fail to understand this lack of transparency. The public deserves more.”
The department admitted that the report contained errors, and blamed them on the reporting program creating a paper file.
“Inaccuracies in the report are unacceptable to us, and we are taking immediate steps to correct the report and to ensure the accuracy of incident reports going forward,” authorities said in a statement obtained by the paper.
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