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Cops Rescue 6-Year-Old Kidnapped by Stranger

Girl was snatched off Louisville street

(Newser) - A 6-year-old girl snatched from a Kentucky street by a stranger was rescued within 30 minutes thanks to police and an alert witness. Two Louisville Metro Police officers located the suspect's vehicle last Friday after a witness who started following the car gave them part of the license plate...

Slave Owner's Descendant Pays Reparations

Louisville nonprofit receives 6-figure check

(Newser) - A Louisville nonprofit that helps marginalized people has received a six-figure reparations check from the descendant of a slave-holder. "It is a blessing for us but also definitely owed," says Taylor Ryan, executive director of Change Today, Change Tomorrow. The donation was so unexpected that the organization first...

DOJ Announces a 2nd Major Policing Probe

Feds are investigating policing in Louisville in the wake of Breonna Taylor's death

(Newser) - The Justice Department is opening a sweeping probe into policing in Louisville, Kentucky, after the March 2020 death of Breonna Taylor, who was shot to death by police during a raid at her home. It's the second such sweeping probe into a law enforcement agency announced by the Biden...

Simon and Schuster Reverses Course on Breonna Taylor Book

Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly's book deal is still on, though

(Newser) - One of the police officers involved in the fatal Breonna Taylor raid has a book deal in which he promises to tell "the inside story" behind the tragedy, though it's now unclear how the book will be distributed. The Fight for Truth by Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, the officer...

Breonna Taylor's Boyfriend Gets Good News

Judge dismisses the case against Kenneth Walker, permanently

(Newser) - The case against Breonna Taylor's boyfriend has been dismissed by a judge—permanently. Charges cannot be refiled against Kenneth Walker, who was initially charged with shooting and wounding a Louisville police officer during the incident at Taylor's apartment last year that started with a no-knock warrant and ended...

Cop Fired in Breonna Taylor Case Appeals to Get Job Back

Ex-detective Myles Cosgrove is pleading his case before the Louisville PD's Merit Board

(Newser) - Update: The former cop said to have fired the shot that killed Breonna Taylor was terminated earlier this year by the Louisville Metro Police Department for violating use-of-force protocol and for not using his bodycam. Now, ex-detective Myles Cosgrove is vying to get his job back, lodging an appeal to...

McConnell Decries 'Radical Tantrum'

Vandals leave messages about stimulus payments

(Newser) - Spray-painted political messages have been left on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's house in Louisville, evidently demanding larger stimulus checks for Americans. McConnell opposes $2,000 payments and has prevented the Senate from voting on the issue. The graffiti was discovered Saturday morning, Fox News reports. House Speaker Nancy'...

Police Department Makes Move in Breonna Taylor Shooting

Pre-termination letters sent to 2 Louisville police officers

(Newser) - Louisville police have taken steps that could result in the firing of two officers connected to Breonna Taylor's death—the one who sought the no-knock search warrant that led detectives to her apartment and another found to have opened fire, the AP reports. Detective Joshua Jaynes, who was not...

Snow Leopards Started Wheezing, Coughing. Now, Confirmation

At Lousville Zoo in Kentucky, 3 big cats test positive for COVID

(Newser) - Three snow leopards in a Kentucky zoo have come down with COVID-19, making it the latest type of animal to get sick after coming into close contact with humans. Per a filmed statement from Louisville Zoo Director John Walczak and a written statement from the zoo, zoo staff noticed within...

US Cities That Need the Most Vaccine Doses to Start

Detroit, Cleveland top the list

(Newser) - With Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine possibly just days away from being shipped, the next order of business will be starting to divvy it up for distribution across the country. WalletHub looked at more than 90 cities across America to figure out which may need the most initial vaccinations. The site...

More Problems for Cop Indicted in Breonna Taylor Case

10 women accuse Brett Hankison of sexual misconduct in lawsuit

(Newser) - The lone police officer charged in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor now faces allegations of sexual assault and battery. A lawsuit filed Tuesday describes former Louisville Metro Police Department Detective Brett Hankison as a "sexual predator" who "used his police uniform and secondary nightclub employment as mechanisms...

High School Paper Outs Secret of State Police

Kentucky police used Hitler quotes in training new officers

(Newser) - A high school newspaper in Kentucky reports that state police have relied on quotes from Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf in training new officers, per the Daily Beast . According to the Manual RedEye —the student paper at duPont Manual High School in Louisville—Kentucky State Police have used a...

Cop in Breonna Taylor Shooting Sues Her Boyfriend

Officer shot during botched raid wants damages for 'emotional distress'

(Newser) - On March 13, Louisville police officers killed Kenneth Walker's girlfriend. Now, one of them is taking him to court. Walker is being sued by Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, who was shot in the thigh after police broke down Breonna Taylor's door, CBS News reports. Walker said police—who had...

What the Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Recordings Reveal

Witness testimony focused on a 'core disagreement': whether cops announced themselves

(Newser) - A Kentucky court on Friday released about 20 hours of recordings from the Breonna Taylor grand jury proceedings, and now that audio is available to all. Daniel Cameron, the state's attorney general, says he hopes the public will be able to see, via the witness testimony in the recordings,...

Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Audio Is Out

But a few minutes have been redacted

(Newser) - Courts don't usually release grand jury recordings—but the Breonna Taylor killing isn't your usual case. On a judge's say-so, a Kentucky court released about 20 hours of recordings Friday from the controversial grand-jury sessions, the Courier Journal reports. The audio files, which don't include a...

AG Wants Delay in Release of Breonna Taylor Proceedings

Grand jury recordings were to come out today

(Newser) - Kentucky's attorney general is seeking to delay the release of secret grand-jury proceedings in the Breonna Taylor case just as audio recordings were set to be released to the public. Attorney General Daniel Cameron's office filed a motion asking for a week's delay to enable the redaction...

Breonna Taylor Ballistics Report Could Cast Doubt on AG's Claim

Report did not confirm Breonna Taylor's boyfriend fired the shot that hit cop

(Newser) - Kentucky's attorney general said last week that his office's investigation into the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor ruled out friendly fire as the cause of the bullet that struck Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly. AG Daniel Cameron's conclusion, which he stated explicitly last week per Vice , is that Taylor'...

Cop in Breonna Taylor Case Might File Suits of His Own

Attorney says Jonathan Mattingly has been unfairly called a 'murderer'

(Newser) - Two notable developments Friday in the Breonna Taylor case , including one about an officer involved in her fatal shooting. Meanwhile, Taylor's family held a news conference. Coverage:
  • Officer: The Louisville Courier Journal reports that officer Jonathan Mattingly, who was wounded in that night's shooting, might file civil lawsuits

Legal Experts Not Surprised by Breonna Taylor Results

Kentucky's strong self-defense laws made homicide charges unlikely, they say

(Newser) - Those hoping for murder charges against the police officers in the Breonna Taylor case took to the streets in cities across the US when no such charges were filed Wednesday. But the Louisville Courier Journal reports that many legal experts were not surprised. That's because of what the state...

2 Cops Shot in Louisville
2 Louisville
Cops Shot

2 Louisville Cops Shot

Both are expected to survive, not clear if shootings were related to renewed protests

(Newser) - Two Louisville police officers were shot Wednesday night amid renewed protests over the death of Breonna Taylor, though it's not clear whether the shootings were related to the demonstrations, WKYT reports. Their injuries are not life-threatening; one required surgery and the other was alert and stable as of the...

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