Breonna Taylor was a certified EMT working at two local hospitals.
The family of Breonna Taylor is suing officers involved in an improper raid that led to the Louisville EMT’s death.
In a report from Louisville news outlet WLKY, attorney Ben Crump will be representing the family with co-counsels Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker, two personal injury lawyers based in Louisville. Crump has also represented Trayvon Martin’s family, and is currently representing Ahmaud Arbery’s family.
“We stand with the family of this young woman in demanding answers from the Louisville Police Department,” Crump said in a news release.
Taylor’s death occurred back in March when she was shot at least eight times by Louisville police officers. According to a lawsuit filed by the family, the officers were conducting a search warrant at Taylor’s home, and looking for a man who did not live at the apartment complex the 26-year-old EMT resided at. The officers attempted to enter the apartment without announcing themselves and, during a shootout with Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker, fatally shot Taylor in the process.
The suspect that officers were actually looking for had been picked up in a separate raid shortly before the shooting took place.
“Something went terribly wrong,” Sam Aguiar said in a separate report from WDRB, another Louisville news outlet. “This was clearly a botched execution of a warrant.”
Walker was charged with attempted murder of a police officer. His bond was initially $250,000 cash but was lowered to home incarceration by Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Olu Stevens. The officers involved in the shooting — Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove and Jonathan Matttingly — have been placed on administrative reassignment.
The suit is alleging wrongful death, excessive force and gross negligence against the officers. The family is seeking compensatory and punitive damages, as well as legal fees through a jury trial.