The Louisville police department has cracked the lid on their investigation into the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, releasing thousands of documents that show images of the scene, interviews with the officers involved and a subsequent probe of the EMT’s boyfriend.
The files, released Wednesday, show how the Metro Police Department began building a case on Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker at the same time they were investigating their own officers more than two months after the 26-year-old black woman died.
In the early hours of March 13, Walker shot at undercover officers who’d just busted down Taylor’s door in a botched raid because he was afraid and thought an intruder had broken into the apartment, records show. Police fired back and struck Taylor six times, killing her. Police insisted they announced themselves several times before breaking down the door but Walker said he didn’t hear their commands.
Walker was originally charged with the attempted murder of a police officer for the shooting but the case was later dismissed.
Prior to those charges being dropped, records show police requested a search warrant on May 5 to investigate the contents of Walker’s phone. Walker was not considered a suspect in the LMPD’s original investigation, which was targeting accused drug trafficker and Taylor’s ex Jamarcus Glover, who was thought to be sending packages to the woman’s home.
During the review of Walker’s phone, cops found “numerous conversations about narcotic trafficking… as well as photos of Mr. Walker and Ms. Taylor posing with firearms,” a May 28th investigative report states.
The report includes attachments of images taken from the phone depicting Taylor posing with an AR-15 and a picture of Walker and Taylor posing together with the assault rifle and another gun, which were both legally owned by Walker, according to his attorney Steve Romines.
Other images show marijuana and what appears to be prescription pills.
The chats found on Walker’s phone show him discussing the sale of “pills” to a Hooters employee and talks about prices, amounts and a time to meet to exchange the pills, records show.
The chats included in the investigative report further show instances where Walker purchased marijuana, a drug he admitted to consuming from time to time during his original interview with police following the raid, the records show.
In a July 2 investigative report detailing the summary of events, police wrote they were conducting a forensic examination report of Walker’s cell phone at the same time the attempted murder charges against him were dismissed.
“The examination showed Walker was clearly trafficking in marijuana and prescription medication. The report documents numerous communications between Walker and other parties confirming the drug trade,” the document shows.
Cops mention another chat that led them to believe Walker “may have committed a robbery prior to March 13, 2020.”
“Investigators believe this information should be noted because it may have contributed to Walker’s actions on March 13, 2020,” the report continues.
The report further states police also did an examination of Taylor’s phone in June, amid heated protests against the LMPD, but they were only able to get a limited snapshot of the device because of a security passcode.
Walker was never charged with a crime related to that evidence and Romines said the LMPD’s decision to include the information in their investigative report is “further evidence of a coverup.”
“It’s just further evidence of their refusal to accept responsibility for their own actions,” Romines told The Post Friday.
“If they’d done as much of an investigation before the raid as they did afterward when they tried to cover it up, it would’ve never happened, they would’ve never been there that night,” he continued.
“They didn’t even use it to build an investigation, they’re not conducting an investigation, they just put it in there to smear them. If it’s an investigation, then maybe bring a charge.”
The LMPD declined to comment when reached by The Post.
Sam Aguiar, the attorney representing Taylor’s family, said the revelations were “part of the broad-scale release of the entire file” that was demanded by the public after Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron declined to bring charges for Taylor’s death.
“It goes to show that LMPD devoted the majority of their efforts towards matters unrelated to her killing, rather to the criminal investigation of the officers,” Aguiar said in an email.
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