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Breonna Taylor's Family Lobs Big New Allegations

Including that officers failed to provide her aid when she initially survived shooting
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 7, 2020 8:27 AM CDT

(Newser) – Lawyers for the family of Breonna Taylor have leveled new allegations at Louisville police and city officials in amended court documents—including that officers failed to help and that her raid was tied to a city gentrification plan. Taylor was a 26-year-old black EMT fatally shot in her apartment on March 13 when officers executed a late-night raid seeking evidence against an ex-boyfriend. Coverage:

  • No aid: Family attorneys say Taylor survived the shooting, but officers at the scene failed to provide aid, reports the New York Times. "In the six minutes that elapsed from the time Breonna was shot, to the time she died, we have no evidence suggesting that any officer made entry in an attempt to check and assist her,” says attorney Sam Aguiar. "She suffered."
  • Pushing back: A city coroner says Taylor could not have been saved "even it it had happened outside of an ER" because her wounds were too severe. Police, meanwhile, say the scene was too chaotic and dangerous. “Why didn’t they go in to help her? They just got shot. Why rush back in and get someone else shot?” says Tom Wine, the Jefferson County Commonwealth’s attorney. He's referring to the fact that Taylor's companion fired at officers, striking one in the leg; Taylor's family says officers never identified themselves.

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  • Gentrification: The family also says Taylor's shooting was connected to a city gentrification plan, reports WLKY. They say Mayor Greg Fischer has been pressuring police to target a particularly crime-heavy block so the city can demolish it to make room for a multi-million-dollar development. Taylor's ex-boyfriend, convicted drug dealer Jamarcus Glover, lives on the block, and his home is a "roadblock" to the project, says the family. Taylor herself lived about 10 miles away, and police raided her apartment that night looking for evidence against Glover.
  • City responds: "Those are outrageous allegations without foundation or supporting facts," says a spokeswoman for the mayor.
  • Fudging the time? Officers raided Glover's place the same night they raided Taylor's apartment, and police records say both raids took place at 12:40am. But Taylor's family says police actually raided Glover's residence around midnight and arrested him, making the raid on Taylor's apartment unnecessary, reports the Courier-Journal. They say officers altered the time on their records to make it appear the raids occurred simultaneously. The newspaper says the "40" in the "12:40" appears darker than the rest of the print on a page related to the Glover raid. Louisville police did not respond to the newspaper's request for comment.
  • WNBA: Players' uniforms will feature Taylor's name for the league's opening weekend later this month, reports the AP. Warmup shirts will read "Say Her Name" and "Black Lives Matter," and the league is looking at ways to honor other women who died at the hands of police, including Sandra Bland.
(Read more Breonna Taylor stories.)

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