Breonna Taylor: Bodycam footage from shooting night shows officer hit by bullet getting carried to truck

'They called him a ‘murderer,’ when all he did was defend himself,' said an attorney while speaking about Sgt Jonathan Mattingly


                            Breonna Taylor: Bodycam footage from shooting night shows officer hit by bullet getting carried to truck
Breonna Taylor, Jonathan Mattingly (GoFundMe, LAPD)

In the latest development in the Breonna Taylor case, a new video has emerged on social media, which purportedly shows the tense moments after Louisville Police Sgt Jonathan Mattingly was shot at while barging into the Black EMT's apartment at night. Taylor was allegedly shot dead by police in Louisville, Kentucky on the night of March 13.

Attorney Todd McMurtry, while speaking to Fox News, said that he received a bodycam footage from Mattingly, where an officer is repeatedly heard yelling "put him on the truck" while his colleagues allegedly escorted Mattingly away from the scene of the shooting for medical attention. Mattingly later had to undergo surgery. McMurtry, in a tweet along with the video, wrote: "They called him a ‘murderer,’ when all he did was defend himself."

Taylor was allegedly shot at least eight times by police officials in her apartment late at night. The tragedy took place during a botched police raid as the officers barged after midnight into the house she shared with her boyfriend Kenneth Walker in Louisville. Authorities have claimed that the midnight search was part of a drug investigation. However, a lawsuit filed by the family states no drug was found at the home. The family's lawyers have said that the main suspect, Jamarcus Glover, was already in police custody at the time of the raid. Neither Taylor nor Walker had any criminal records.



 

 

Taylor and Walker thought the house was being broken into and Walker, who has a license to carry, fired his gun in self-defense thinking they were being robbed, the suit said. LMPD Sgt Jonathan Mattingly and officers Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove entered the apartment shortly before 1 am, and the shot fired by Walker struck Mattingley's leg. The officers, in retaliation, fired a hail of over 25 bullets, eight of which struck Taylor who died at the scene. Walker is now facing charges of first-degree assault and attempted murder of a police officer. Taylor's killing sparked nationwide protests, with demonstrators demanding all the officers involved in the shooting be charged for her murder.

The attorney, in a separate statement to the outlet, said that he represents "John in his affirmative claims against people who slandered him by calling him a ‘murderer'." Officers, in the clip released by McMurtry, can be heard saying "grab under his arms" and "cover him, let's go" as they move the injured officer. Another cop is then heard saying: "go a little faster." The footage reportedly began after officers applied a tourniquet to his injured leg.

In yet another update in the incident, a grand jury, on Wednesday, September 23, indicted one police officer, Hankinson, on criminal charges nearly six months after Taylor's killing. However, protests erupted within hours after the decision as the officer was charged of "wanton endangerment" and not of Taylor's killing. Meanwhile, Mattingly, as of Friday, September 25, remains on leave following Taylor's death and has not been indicted in the case. It is not yet clear when the officer would report back to work.

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