Breonna Taylor and boyfriend proudly flaunted gun allegedly used to fire at cops, show photos released by police
A new photo of Breonna Taylor has emerged showing her posing with her boyfriend and a gun, which looks similar to the one used to fire at the police officers who raided Taylor’s apartment earlier this year. The picture — captioned "partners in crime" — has come out after the Louisville Metro Police Department released several photos as part of a 4,470-page report during its internal investigation into the March 13 botched raid that killed the 26-year-old frontline medic at her home in Louisville, Kentucky.
The multi-page document has also revealed text messages that hinted towards Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker being a drug seller. According to reports, on the night of her death, the African-American woman and Walker were inside the apartment when cops barged inside. Taylor was sleeping but Walker reportedly fired a shot at the officers thinking they might be burglars. Reports also stated that cops raided the house in search of Taylor’s ex-boyfriend Jamarcus Glover, who was ten miles away. However, when Walker fired the shot, officers in return fired multiple bullets that claimed the life of Taylor, who had no criminal record.
The internal investigation into the case exposed some of the snaps of Taylor and Walker together. The one photograph showed the deceased woman with her partner, who was holding a silver and black Glock 9mm, which looked almost the same as the one which was used by Walker on the fateful night. The photo also had two captions written over it, "partners in crime" and “how he coming behind me” with a devil emoji. The picture also had handcuff artwork, The Sun reported. You can see the other photographs released by police here.
Reports stated that during the probe, investigators also saw messages that suggested that Walker was involved in drug selling. The documents revealed some of his messages sent to his prospective clients between 2019 to March 2020. One of his messages also showed him sending a photo of a bag of marijuana, which he stated as "Cali High Grade Premium Cannabis 1LB".
Police have alleged that Taylor’s apartment was a “money house” where her ex "housed the dope," the multi-page report stated. However, despite their claims, nothing was found at her place, which led the investigators to doubt the evidence on the basis of which cops carried out the raid. After releasing the documents, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said: “I urge all to be sensitive that these files contain information and images that are traumatic and painful.”
This comes days after a grand jury in September did not directly charge any officer into the death of Taylor. The controversial decision sparked protests, some of them were violent, across the US. Several spoke out against the verdict, including George Clooney, who said he was “ashamed” of the ruling.
“I was born and raised in Kentucky. Cut tobacco on the farms of Kentucky. Both my parents and my sister live in Kentucky. I own a home in Kentucky, and I was there last month. The justice system I was raised to believe in holds people responsible for their actions. Her name was Breonna Taylor and she was shot to death in her bed by 3 White police officers, who will not be charged with any crime for her death. I know the community. I know the commonwealth. And I was taught in the school and churches of Kentucky what is right and what is wrong. I'm ashamed of this decision," a statement from the actor noted.