Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician (EMT), was shot dead after officers executing a search warrant as part of a drugs investigation, raided the wrong address on March 13th.
Ms Taylor,s family filled a lawsuit accusing the officers of wrongful death and excessive force. According to the lawsuit, the officers were not looking for her or her partner – but for an unrelated suspect who was already in custody and did not live in the apartment complex.It also alleges that the police fired more than 20 rounds of ammunition into the home.
At a press conference on 13 March, the department said its officers knocked on the door several times and announced themselves as police,but they were met with gun fire from Taylor’s boyfriend,Kenneth Walker. However Ben Crump,the lawyer representing Taylor’s family claims Kenneth fired in self-defense because the officers did not identify themselves and he believed they were people trying to break in.
The department has declined to answer questions on the case citing an ongoing investigation.
Ben Crump has represented the families of other high-profile black shooting victims, such as Trayvon Martin and Ahmaud Arbery.