NY DAILY NEWS – Breonna Taylor was “mutilated with bullet holes while in her underwear” when officers from the Louisville Metro Police Department opened fire inside her apartment and killed her, according to her family’s lawyer.
“Police just unloaded 25 to 30 rounds, I mean they’re shooting from the front door, they’re shooting from the window, they’re shooting from the patio,” attorney Benjamin Crump said during an interview with Essence on Friday. “They’re so reckless, they shoot a bullet into the next door neighbor’s apartment where their five-year-old daughter is asleep in her room.”
“They didn’t even have to come in her apartment. They already had the person they were searching for in custody.”
Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was shot at least eight times when a group of officers forcibly entered her apartment back in March as part of a narcotics investigation. Authorities have said they identified themselves at the start of the middle-of-the-night raid, but Taylor’s mother said in a wrongful death lawsuit that the officers didn’t even knock.
Crump on Friday said the officers were also in plain-clothes.
The victim’s fiancee, under the impression the officers were intruders, fired off a warning shot with a gun he is licensed to own. Police responded by opening fire and raiding the apartment.
No narcotics were ever found.
“We cannot forget our sister Breonna Taylor,” Crump emphasized during the interview. “We have to say her name and demand justice like we do for George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery.”
The high-profile attorney is also representing the families of Arbery, who was killed by two white men while out for a jog in Georgia, and Floyd, who died Monday after an officer knelt on his neck until he became unresponsive.
“The police who were there to protect and serve him, who were trained to be professional, offered him no humanity whatsoever,” he told Essence of Floyd. “When you look at the video you can conclude one thing, this was murder.”
Crump again called for murder charges to be brought against the officers, noting that if it were a regular citizen involved instead that they would already be behind bars.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison told CNN’s “New Day” on Friday he has “every expectation” that the four now-fired cops will be arrested, though he noted that it’s ultimately up to Hennepin County authorities.
On Thursday, the Hennepin County district attorney Mike Freeman said he would not file charges until an investigation into the matter is complete.
“I will say this, the video is graphic and horrific and terrible and no person should do that,” he said. “And there is other evidence that does not support a criminal charge. We need to weigh through all that evidence to come through with a meaningful determination, and we are doing the best we can.”
Crump equated the statement, particularly Freeman’s claim regarding a lack of evidence, to “killing George all over again.”