Breonna Taylor‘s mother has filed complaints against six Louisville Metro Police officers for their role in the fatal shooting of the black emergency medical technician in March of last year.
Taylor, a 26, was shot eight times by police as they served a no-knock warrant at her Louisville, Kentucky apartment on March 13, in the middle of the night.
Taylor’s mom, Tamika Palmer, submitted the complaints on Monday, asking the police department’s Professional Standards Unit to ‘investigate misinformation provided by officers before and after the raid’, according to WDRB.
The officers named are Sgt. Kyle Meany, Det. Anthony James, Det. Mike Nobles, Sgt. Amanda Seelye, Det. Mike Campbell and Lt. Shawn Hoover.
Breonna Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, has filed complaints against six Louisville Metro Police officers for their role in the the fatal shooting of the black EMT in March of last year
Taylor, a 26, was shot eight times by police as they served a no-knock warrant at her Louisville, Kentucky apartment on March 13, in the middle of the night
Det. Mike Campbell and Det. Mike Nobles are two of the officers named in the complaints
WDRB reports that the Professional Standards Unit have already conducted investigations into most of those officers and the roles they played in the raid that left Taylor dead.
Three of them were reportedly disciplined.
But, in the complaints, Palmer alleges that ‘key witnesses were not interviewed, illegal activity was covered up and that investigators tried to deceive the public’.
Palmer’s lawyer, Sam Aguiar, told WDRB: ‘When you compare what was done with versus what was supposed to be done [during the investigation], it’s absolutely egregious.
‘This [the complaints] hopefully forces Louisville Metro Police Department to look into the allegations, to force these officers to come in and give a statement regarding the allegations and to hear specifically why they deviated from all of these policies.’
In September of last year, the city of Louisville, agreed to pay Palmer and other members of Taylor’s family $12 million in a wrongful death settlement.
The Louise Metro Police Department also vowed to reform police practices.
Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, was shot eight times by police as they served a no-knock warrant at her Louisville apartment on March 13, 2020, in the middle of the night. Her boyfriend Kenneth Walker (seen left) shot an officer in the leg believing they were being robbed
Earlier this week, Palmer celebrated the fact that prosecutors dropped a criminal case against her daughter’s boyfriend.
At the time of the botched raid, Taylor was sleeping inside her apartment with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, 28.
Walker said the officers didn’t announce themselves and he believed someone was attempting to break into their apartment.
He grabbed his gun and fired one shot, striking Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly in the leg. Mattingly and two other officers then returned fire and Taylor was killed as she lay in bed.
Walker was subsequently charged with assault and attempted murder. Those charges were dropped in May last year, but prosecutors left open the opportunity to revisit the charges against Walker if new evidence surfaced.
However, this week, the criminal case was officially closed and Walker was cleared.
Almost a year on from the deadly shooting, Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, told NBC of the painful anniversary, ‘I don’t even know the difference between the days anymore.’
Speaking to NBC, Palmer said she was ‘eternally grateful’ for the Black Lives Matter protesters who kept Taylor’s memory alive and demanded justice in her name
However, she said she was relieved to hear that prosecutors had permanently closed a criminal case against Walker on Monday, calling the motion ‘long overdue’ and insisted he never should’ve been charged in the first place.
Speaking to NBC, Palmer said she was ‘eternally grateful’ for the Black Lives Matter protesters who have kept Taylor’s memory alive and demanded justice in her name.
‘There’s so many people who never even met her,’ Palmer tearfully began, ‘but they learned of her and they came to stand for her because what happened to her wasn’t right – I can never say thank you enough.’
None of the officers involved in Taylor’s death have been criminally charged after a grand jury failed to lay murder charges in September.
Palmer told NBC she lamented the fact that ‘nobody has been held accountable’ for her daughter’s death and she vowed to continue fighting until somebody is.
Last summer, amid national racial injustice protests triggered by the police killing of George Floyd on Memorial Day, Taylor’s name also became a rallying cry for those marching, demanding ‘Justice for Breonna’
Walker shot Lt. Jonathan Mattingly, who remains on the force
‘Just knowing who Breonna was – she didn’t deserve that,’ she said of the EMT’s death. ‘I’ve had one job and that’s to protect my kids. So how do you not continue to fight.’
The decision to drop criminal proceedings against Walker came on Monday.
A motion from Walker’s attorney asking for the permanent dismissal said Walker ‘acted in self-defense and that he did not know that police were on the other side of the door.’
Jefferson Circuit Judge Olu Stevens’ order on Monday dismissed the 2020 indictment against Walker with prejudice, meaning it can’t be reconsidered.
Mattingly recovered from the leg wound and remains on the Louisville police department.
Attorney Benjamin Crump, left, holds up the hand of Walker during a rally on the steps of the Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort, Ky., June 25, 2020