Attorneys, Metro Council members press LMPD for answers in Breonna Taylor shooting

Attorneys, Metro Council members press LMPD for answers in Breonna Taylor shooting

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - On Wednesday, members of Louisville Metro Council’s Public Safety Committee held a virtual meeting with Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad and the attorneys for the family of Breonna Taylor.

Taylor was shot and killed back in March at her apartment on Springfield Drive, as LMPD officers were serving a no-knock warrant. Police told WAVE 3 News that Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, exchanged shots with police, injuring Sgt. Jon Mattingly. Taylor was shot and killed in the hallway of the apartment.

During the meeting, Taylor’s attorneys - Sam Aguiar, Lonita Baker and Ben Crump - asked LMPD to make changes to their policies. They requested police outlaw no-knock warrants.

On Wednesday, Conrad said there were 22 no-knock warrants served in 2019 and six so far this year.

Attorneys, Metro Council members press LMPD for answers in Breonna Taylor shooting

No-knock warrants allow officers to enter a home without announcing themselves.

“While policy changes are nice, we would like to see Metro Council issue some type or ordinance banning no knock warrants except in extreme circumstances,” Baker said. “Those circumstances being murder, terrorist, kidnapping.”

Crump told Conrad his legal team will not stop pressing police until they see concrete changes.

“We will not rest until we get those answers and hopefully, prayerful, in getting those answers, we can prevent this from happening to another one of your citizens," Crump said.

LMPD also provided more information on how they obtain no-knock warrants and why SWAT wasn’t present when LMPD executed the warrant on Taylor’s home. LMPD Maj. Paul Humphrey said warrants are graded on a point system, and only those that meet certain qualifications require help from SWAT.

“It’s a point system basically, and between a certain score, you have to consult the SWAT team commander and say, ‘This is the circumstance, these are the factors involved,’” Humphrey said. “And the SWAT team commander will make the determination if the SWAT team should be involved and what capacity, if so. Otherwise, if it goes to a certain level, it has to be the SWAT team to (serve the warrant) by policy.”

Metro Council President David James peppered Conrad with questions about the no-knock warrants and other

Taylor's attorneys and council members also called for the charges against Walker to be dismissed.

"I call for Tom Wine, commonwealth attorney, to free Kenneth Walker," Jessica Green, Metro Councilwoman for District 1, said. "I think that he's a hero. He's not a criminal. He doesn't need to be locked away."

River City FOP President Ryan Nichols said he would respond to Green’s comments on Thursday during a press conference at noon.

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