A Kentucky ballistics report raises questions about state prosecutors’ version of the police shooting death of Breonna Taylor, casting doubt on the claim that Taylor’s boyfriend fired at cops first and wounded one officer, according to a new report.
The state police report also contradicts Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s assurances last week that “friendly fire” had been ruled out in the wounding of Louisville Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly during the botched March 13 raid, the Courier-Journal reported.
Kentucky State Police said that “due to limited markings of comparative value,” the bullet that hit Mattingly was neither “identified nor eliminated” as coming from a 9 mm gun fired by Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, the outlet said.
The ballistics report also contradicted Cameron’s claim that the cops only carried .40-caliber handguns, when the shot that hit Mattingly was a 9mm.
The report said Police Officer Brett Hankison had also bee issued a 9mm handgun.
Hankison was fired shortly after the shooting and was indicted last week on three counts of endangering Taylor’s neighbors by “wantonly” shooting his gun into her apartment. The charges were announced by Cameron at a press conference Wednesday.
Neither Mattingly nor Miles Cosgrove, who fired 16 shots, have been charged, and none of the officers were charged with directly causing the 26-year-old Taylor’s death.
Kentucky prosecutors said Cosgrove fired the shot that killed Taylor, but the state police ballistics test could not determine if it was he or Mattingly.
The report was obtained by Walker’s attorneys.
The Courier-Journal filed an open records request with the Louisville Metro Police Department to obtain the report but has not received a response.
The paper also submitted a list of 13 questions with Cameron’s office regarding the revelations but was told the attorney general would not discuss details of the grand jury proceedings.
Taylor was sleeping in her apartment when the three cops burst in with a narcotics warrant. Walker, who had a licensed handgun, told investigators he pulled the weapon and fired once, not realizing they were police officers.
He says he fired a warning shot, but Cameron said last week that Walker shot and wounded Mattingly. Taylor was shot and killed during the exchange of gunfire. Her death sparked the ire of local activists and became a nationwide rallying cry for Black Lives Matter in July when her family sued,
The city settled the suit earlier this month with a $12 million payout.
Her family has not called for Cameron to release details of the evidence presented to the 12-member grand jury panel that cleared the cops of criminal wrongdoing in the case.
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