Photos discovered by investigators show Taylor and Walker posing with what appears to be the Glock 9mm Walker used to fire on cops, as well as with a modified ‘pistol style’ AR-15
The Louisville Metro Police Department has released the contents of its internal investigation following the death of Breonna Taylor, including photos of her brandishing guns and text messages that indicate her boyfriend Kenneth Walker sold drugs.
On Wednesday, LMPD released 4,470 pages including investigative reports, interview summaries and evidence reports, as well as 251 videos and hundreds of photos.
Taylor’s death in a hail of police bullets early on March 13 sparked protests nationwide, and the document dump follows a controversial grand jury ruling that saw no officers directly charged in her death.
Included in the new documents are photos of Taylor and Walker posing with guns, as well as text messages that strongly suggest that Walker was involved in the sale of illegal drugs.
Walker was a licensed gun owner able to legally carry in Kentucky. He was not named in the search warrant used to enter Taylor’s home, and he was not a target in the drug investigation of Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, that led to the raid on her apartment.
In one photo recovered from Walker’s phone, Taylor poses with him as he holds a silver and black Glock 9mm that strongly resembles the gun Walker used to fire on police during the raid. He also shows off a ‘pistol style’ Springfield Saint AR-15.
‘Partners in crime’ reads the caption at the bottom of the photo, along with a cartoon of handcuffs.
In text messages, Walker said that he purchased the Glock from a ‘white boy’ and that it wasn’t registered to him, but that he had a bill of sale.
In one text message to Walker, Taylor sent an image of herself with the AR-15 pistol.
In another, she asks for a picture of the AR-15 pistol to show to a ‘white boy’ she works with who might be interested in purchasing it, according to the new documents.
In one text message to Walker, Taylor sent an image (left) of herself with the AR-15 pistol. In another, she asks for a picture (right) of the AR-15 pistol to show to a ‘white boy’
The Glock that Walker used to fire on police is seen in an evidence photo. Walker was a licensed gun owner in Kentucky
In the course of the investigation, police also recovered evidence that Walker was involved in the sale of drugs.
In police interviews, Walker said that he was not involved in serious criminal activity, but did say that he sometimes personally used marijuana.
However, a search of his phone ‘found numerous conversations about drug trafficking,’ investigators said in the newly released documents.
In several ‘chats’ described in the documents, Walker discusses selling ‘pills’ to Hooters waitresses.
In another conversation, he sent an image of a bag of marijuana, advertising it as ‘Cali High Grade Premium Cannabis 1LB,’ according to the documents.
In other messages, Walker offered to sell half ounces for $25, or two ‘zips’, slang for ounces, for $260, the documents state.
Police say Walker texted about selling ‘pills’ to Hooters waitresses, and sent an image of a bag of marijuana, advertising it as ‘Cali High Grade Premium Cannabis 1LB’
An investigative report describes Walker’s communications with Hooters waitresses regarding the purchase of ‘pills’
The messages with more than two dozen apparent customers span the fall of 2019 to March of this year, just prior to the raid.
In another group chat, Walker discussed robbing someone, the documents state. Walker asked how much ‘bread’ the target had, and another person replied that it was at least $25,000.
When someone in the chat asked if it was an easy target or whether they needed to to homework, Walker replied that he ‘does his homework on every mission,’ according to the documents.
Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend told police they were ‘scared to the death’ when they heard banging on the door because they thought it was her drug-dealing ex
The new documents reveal that police insisted that they knocked and announced themselves, but that Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker said that they only heard the knocking, and did not hear police identify themselves.
Walker said the couple was ‘scared to death’ because they feared it was her drug-dealing ex-boyfriend. He opened fire down a hallway as the door was breached, striking one officer in the leg, and cops returned fire, killing Taylor.
The raid unfolded as part of a series of simultaneous raids on multiple locations associated with Taylor’s ex-boyfriend Jamarcus Glover, a suspected drug trafficker.
Cops believed Taylor’s home was the ‘money house’ where Glover ‘housed the dope,’ the new documents state, but no significant amounts of drugs or money were found there – and investigators later raised questions about the evidence used to tie Glover to Taylor’s home.
Breonna Taylor and boyfriend Kenneth Walker were sleeping in their Louisville apartment in the early hours of March 13, when police officers executed a ‘no-knock warrant’ and opened fire
In the early hours of March 13, Louisville police officers entered apartment 4 of 3003 Springfield Drive, firing 32 times. Breonna Taylor was shot six times, but only one was determined to be fatal
Taylor’s name came up in the drug case at least in part because she had posted bail a few times from 2017 to January 2020 for Glover and another defendant, Darreal Forest, in amounts that went as high as $5,000, according to the police files released on Wednesday.
Taylor’s apartment was considered a ‘soft target’ by police conducting the raid, and they believed she was home alone. Walker, a licensed gun owner, was not expected to be there and his relationship with Taylor appears to have been unknown to police.
Police officers were carrying out a drug operation targeting convicted drug dealer Jamarcus Glover (pictured) who previously dated Taylor
The documents reveal that the cops executing the raid decided to knock and announce themselves, despite having a ‘no-knock’ warrant, because they considered the location to be low-risk.
Walker, believing it was an intruder, shot at the officers, striking Sergeant John Mattingly in the leg, prompting them to return fire and kill Taylor in a hail of bullets.
The 27-year-old was charged with attempted murder, however those charges were later dropped.
Walker has maintained that the officers did not identify themselves a police when they arrived at the apartment.
During his interview with the Public Integrity Unit, he said the couple were awoken after they heard a ‘loud thud.’
He did not mention Glover by name but said he thought it may have been a ‘guy’ Taylor was on and off with.
‘It scared her [Breonna] to death. Me too, like who is that. I was honestly thinkin’ – because we been on and off together for like, seven years, or whatever… there was a guy that she was messin’ with or whatever throughout that time,’ Walker told investigators.
‘And he popped over there once before while I was there like a couple months ago. So that’s what I thought was goin’ on.’
The report notes that Walker’s reference to the ‘guy’ showing up at the apartment months prior corresponds to the same time frame when Glover was spotted at Taylor’s home.
He also notes he never fired his gun ‘outside of a gun range’.
After hearing the ‘loud boom at the door’, Walker said he asked who was there and did not get a response.
He said Breonna then tried asking and screamed ‘who is it? Loud at the top of her lungs’, but they still did not get an answer.
Walker then describes walking over to the door and firing one gun shot.
Hundreds of files related to the Louisville Police Department’s investigation into Breonna Taylor’s death were released on Wednesday
Walker has maintained that the officers did not identify themselves as police when they arrived at the apartment
The interview was among hundreds of files related to the Louisville Police Department’s investigation into Taylor’s death that were finally released on Wednesday.
The files were made public on Wednesday nearly a week after hours of audio from normally secret grand jury proceedings were released by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron.
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said much of the information in the files was included in the records from the grand jury proceedings.
The files include investigative letters, interview transcripts, officers’ body camera videos, audio and video files of interviews, crime scene unit reports and search warrants.
Some items were redacted, blurred or withheld for privacy or legal reasons.
Police said photos and videos of Taylor’s body were ‘blurred out of respect’.
Audio of personal conversations that officers had while their body cameras were activated were also redacted because police say it had nothing to do with the scene of case.
Mayor Fischer said following the release of the files: ‘I urge all to be sensitive that these files contain information and images that are traumatic and painful.’
Police photos and video reveal Taylor’s bullet-riddled apartment in the aftermath of the fatal raid
Included in Wednesday’s document dump were photos and videos that show the aftermath of the raid that left Taylor dead.
Investigators say that police fired 32 rounds during the raid, based on a review of the bullets remaining in the magazines of the four officers who fired.
Walker claimed he only fired once as a ‘warning shot’ towards the ground, but this could not be confirmed by a review of his Glock 9mm’s magazine, which only had a few rounds remaining.
He told investigators that he had previously used the gun at a firing range and left the magazine partially empty.
A discarded battering ram is seen outside of Taylor’s apartment following the March 13 raid
An evidence marking shows where a bullet penetrated a pantry inside the apartment
Gouge marks from bullets are seen in Taylor’s home after cops fired 32 rounds
Photos also show a shattered sliding door, displaying the evidence of the alleged wild shots fired through that door by Detective Brett Hankinson
This Glock 9mm was recovered under the bed inside the apartment, where Walker said that he kicked it after opening fire on the search warrant team
Photos from the scene show the bullet-riddled aftermath inside the apartment, with bullet holes in the walls and shell casings strewn inside and outside the front door.
Photos also show a shattered sliding door, displaying the evidence of the alleged wild shots fired through that door by Detective Brett Hankinson, who was fired from the LMPD in June and charged with wanton endangerment last month.
A termination memo released on Wednesday accused Hankinson of ‘blindly firing’ 10 rounds through the sliding glass door without being able to see who was on the other side.
Three of those rounds went though the rear wall of Taylor’s apartment into the neighboring unit, which was occupied, resulting in the wanton endangerment charges against Hankinson.
Shot cop Jon Mattingly says ‘I just returned fire’ and Walker claims he never heard police announce themselves
Sergeant Jon Mattingly, who was shot by Walker during the raid, described his version of events in a police interview.
He said that the raid team knocked on Taylor’s door six or seven separate times, yelling ‘Police, search warrant!’
He estimated that the team knocked for about 45 seconds or a minute. ‘Well, it seems like an eternity when you’re up at a door waiting.’ Mattingly said.
He said the team heard no response, and used a battering ram to breach the door.
‘As soon as I cleared it I’m face on about probably 20 feet away right down the hallway. There’s a bedroom door on the right and there’s a – the male and the female,’ Mattingly said.
He said the man was in a ‘stretched out position with his hands, with a gun.’
Mattingly’s wallet, which he kept in his front pants pocket, was struck when Walker opened fire during the March 13 raid
Walker is seen soon after the shooting. He said that he was alarmed by the pounding on his door and didn’t even have time to put on his shoes as he scrambled to get dressed
‘And as soon as I clear, he fires – boom,’ he added. ‘My mind’s going, this ain’t right. You know, something’s off here. Because all of the doors I’ve made entry and I’ve never seen this.’
‘Soon as the shot hit, I could feel heat in my leg. And so I just returned fire,’ Mattingly said.
Mattingly was struck in his femoral artery and required emergency surgery, the new documents state.
The bullet also struck his wallet, which was in his front pants pocket, and evidence photos show the damaged wallet covered with blood.
Walker in his interview described how he was in bed with Taylor when they heard pounding on the door. It was shortly after midnight, and only light on in the apartment was the television.
He said they began to get dressed and yelled ‘who is it’ at the top of their lungs but did not hear any response.
Walker said that he grabbed his gun, and that as he and Taylor were walking out of the bedroom into the hallway, the door began to fly off of the hinges.
He said he fired once, and was met with a hail of bullets. He and Taylor dropped to the ground; he was unharmed while she was fatally struck.
‘I was confused and scared,’ Walker said. Police retreated from the apartment, and Walker called his mother, and then walked outside and surrendered about 10 minutes later, according to the documents.
Walker admitted that he initially told police at the scene that Taylor had been the one to open fire, because he was scared. He later recanted and admitted that he had fired the gun.
New doubts over ‘misleading’ search warrant as detective admits he did NOT personally ‘verify’ that suspect was receiving packages at Taylor’s apartment
The new files cast doubt on the claim, made in the search warrant that led to the shooting, that there was ‘verified’ evidence of Jamarcus Glover receiving packages at the apartment.
Detective Joshua Jaynes, who sought the warrant which led to the fateful search of Taylor’s apartment
Detective Joshua Jaynes, who sought the warrant, wrote in a March 12 affidavit that he had ‘verified through a postal inspector’ that Glover was receiving mail at the apartment.
However, Jaynes admitted in a police interview on May 19 that he had actually asked another officer, Sgt Mattingly, to verify the deliveries.
‘He has sources that I believe end up contacting the post office or the Postal Inspector’s Office,’ Jaynes told investigators, saying that Mattingly had more of a ‘rapport’ with relevant colleagues.
A further complication is that Louisville cops do not work directly with the postal service because of an ‘incident’ some years earlier, relying instead on colleagues from the police department in nearby Shively.
Jaynes wrote in his affidavit that through his ‘training and experience’, he knew that it was ‘not uncommon for drug traffickers to receive mail packages at different locations to avoid detection from law enforcement’.
However, according to a report by the Public Integrity Unit, Mattingly reported back to Jaynes that ‘Glover was NOT receiving suspicious packages at the address’.
In his interview, Jaynes admitted he did not have evidence that the parcels Glover was receiving were suspicious, beyond the feeling generated by his ‘training and experience’. He said he was referring to any parcels, not suspicious ones.
Jaynes admitted in his interview that he ‘could have worded it a little bit differently there’, but insisted he was not trying to mislead the judge who eventually signed the warrant.
The report marks the first time that the public has heard directly from Jaynes, who was placed on administrative reassignment after the shooting. Federal officials are continuing to investigate whether officers including Jaynes committed any civil rights violations.
The LMPD’s Sgt Jason Vance wrote in a summary of the probe that ‘investigators believe the wording on the affidavit is misleading’, adding that Jaynes’s affidavit should be reviewed for for ‘criminal actions.’
New bodycam footage shows Breonna Taylor’s wailing boyfriend screaming ‘my girlfriend’s dead!’ in chaotic aftermath of her killing
Newly released bodycam footage shows Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker crying ‘my girlfriend’s dead!’ and telling cops the pair were ‘in bed and scared’ and that she fired the gun moments after she was shot dead.
The footage was released to various outlets including WDRB and VICE. It shows the moments after Taylor was killed in the crossfire while her boyfriend and Louisville cops exchanged fire.
In the video, Walker is shown outside the apartment with his arms behind his head. The cops yell at him not to move and threaten to set a barking German Shepherd on him. He is heard screaming: ‘My girlfriend is dead!’, asking what happened and asking what he’d done wrong.
‘What happened? You’re going to f****g prison for the rest of your life,’ officer Brett Hankison replied to him.
When they put him in handcuffs, Walker told the cops again that Taylor was dead inside, something that surprised them.
‘We were in bed, we were scared! We didn’t know who it was!’ She asked 10 times, ‘who’s at the door?’
‘There was banging at the door she said who is it and then they started shooting,’ he said.
Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker is seen crying and screaming that she is dead while cops put him in handcuffs on March 13
Walker outside the property with his hands behind his head in surrender. He yelled at the cops that Taylor was dead inside
One of the cops refuted him, saying: ‘No. We said three times we had a search warrant’.
Another cop then interjected: ‘There’s somebody dead inside?’ to which Walker replied: ‘Yeah, my girlfriend. It’s her house! She’s on the ground in the hallway!’
The cops ask: ‘What kind of gun did she shoot?’
He replied: ‘It’s a nine.. it’s a regular 9mm.’
Another cop asked: ‘Did she shoot or did you shoot?’
He replied: ‘It was her! She was scared!’
The cops claim they announced themselves and knocked.
Their warrant didn’t require them to, but the incident has called into question whether such warrants should be legal.
Because Walker fired the weapon first on the cops, the Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has ruled they were justified in returning fire and, although unintentional, killing Taylor.
Neither Jonathan Mattingly (left) nor Myles Cosgrove (right) have been charged over Taylor’s death
Brett Hankison is the only cop out of the three who was charged. He was charged with wanton endangerment for a bullet that went into Taylor’s neighbor’s home
Cameron is standing by his decision. On Tuesday night, he defended it in an interview with Fox and Friends and said he was being unfairly attacked by the left because he is a black Republican.
‘Because I am a black Republican, I’ve had to stand up for truth and justice and oppose to giving in to a mob mentality,’ he said.
‘Those are the sorts of things that will be hurled at me in this job, those are the sorts of things that I heard in college… again, because I identify with a different political philosophy.
‘It doesn’t hurt me but what it does, it exposes the type of intolerance and the hypocrisy… people preach about being tolerant.
‘You see a lot of that from the left about being tolerant but what you saw there is inconsistent with tolerance,’ he said.
Other recordings that have been released show the cops being interviewed in the immediate aftermath of the shooting.
The only charge filed against any of the cops is one of wanton endangerment that was filed against Brett Hankison for firing into Taylor’s neighbor’s home.