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POLICE who shot a black nurse dead in a botched drugs raid used “false information” to obtain a warrant to burst in without knocking, lawyers claim.
Breonna Taylor, an emergency medical technician, was hit eight times as officers sprayed at least 20 bullets into her apartment in the middle of the night.
Cops were looking for a suspect who was allegedly already in custody when they raided Breonna’s apartment in in Louisville, Kentucky.
Breonna’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker – who was not the man wanted by cops – fired one shot with his legally held weapon, and says he thought they were burglars.
Three officers returned fire with a hail of bullets that killed dedicated front line medic Breonna, 26.
Now reports claim cops had falsely said they had evidence of drugs packages being delivered to Breonna’s home in a sworn statement to obtain a “no knock” entry warrant.
He was arrested in a separate raid ten miles away on the same night officers broke into her apartment.
The affidavit used to obtain the warrant stated that a detective had seen Glover pick up a USPS package at Breonna’s home and drive to a “known drug house”.
The same detective said he had verified “through a US Postal Inspector” that Glover had been receiving packages at her address.
But a Louisville postal inspector, Tony Gooden, told a local news station that Louisville police did not check with his office about Breonna’s apartment.
He said another law enforcement agency had asked his office in January to investigate for suspicious mail arriving at her home, but they concluded there were none.
Civil rights lawyer Ben Crump said Gooden’s statement “directly contradicts what the police stated in the affidavit to secure a no-knock warrant for her home.”
Walker, who has a license to carry his gun, has been charged with attempted murder after the shot he fired wounded an officer in the leg.
No bodycam footage is available of the raid. Walker insists the officers did not say they were police and he fired in self-defense believing they had broken in.
A special prosecutor has been appointed to decide if charges should be brought against the three officers – Sgt Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove – who are on administrative leave.
Breonna was shot dead on March 13 but her case hit gained national attention last week after it was highlighted by prominent activist Shaun King.
“Police literally called her a ‘suspect,’ and said they killed a suspect for weeks, until finally being forced to admit they got the whole thing wrong.
Their lawsuit states: “Breonna had posed no threat to the officers and did nothing to deserve to die at their hands.”
The family have hired Crump, who has also represented the families of other high-profile black shooting victims including Ahmaud Arbery, the jogger who was shot dead in Georgia.
That case also came to attention two months after his death when video emerged of a white father and son chasing him and engaging in a fatal struggle.
Crump said: “We stand with the family of this young woman in demanding answers from the Louisville Police Department.
“Despite the tragic circumstances surrounding her death, the department has not provided any answers regarding the facts and circumstances of how this tragedy occurred, nor have they taken responsibility for her senseless killing.
“Breonna’s name should be known by everybody in America who said those other names, because she was in her own home, doing absolutely nothing wrong.”
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