Members of the Louisville Metro Police Department’s SWAT unit criticized the raid that ended with Breonna Taylor’s death, with one member calling it an “egregious act,” according to a report.
The criticism about the March 13 raid on Taylor’s apartment came during interviews conducted by the department’s Profession Integrity Unit with Lt. Dale Massey and other SWAT members, the Louisville Journal-Courier reported.
Officers were serving several warrants on multiple locations when Taylor’s home was targeted. She was killed when Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and detectives Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankison fired more than 30 rounds after her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, opened fire.
Walker stated he thought someone was breaking into the residence.
No officers were charged in Taylor’s death. Hankinson was fired and faces three counts of wanton endangerment for bullets fired into a nearby apartment unit.
The highly-trained SWAT team responded to Taylor’s apartment after the fatal police shooting. Sgt.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Members of the Louisville Metro Police SWAT unit condemned the planning and execution of the March raid on Breonna Taylor’s home, with one saying it was an “egregious act.”
Lt. Dale Massey and other members of LMPD’s SWAT team told the Profession Integrity Unit in interviews after Taylor’s death the three officers involved violated a basis rule of policing — identifying your target and what’s in the background before you shoot.
Sgt. Brandon Hogan called that “basic academy stuff,” according to interviews obtained by The Louisville Courier Journal as part of LMPD’s investigative file.
Members of the highly trained team who responded to Taylor’s apartment after the fatal police shooting also told investigators SWAT didn’t know about the search of her residence, despite being briefed on other simultaneous warrants that night.
In fact, according to the accounts given by four members of the SWAT response, the team