FBI Launches Investigation into EMT Killed by Cops, Moments Later Police Chief Quietly Quits
FBI Launches Investigation into EMT Killed by Cops, Moments Later Police Chief Quietly Quits by Matt Agorist for The Free Thought Project
Louisville, KY — According to his attorney, Kenneth Walker woke up in the middle of the night to armed intruders kicking in his door. He then grabbed his legally owned firearm to defend himself. A hail of gunfire subsequently ensued, all but one of the bullets coming from police weapons. After the smoke cleared, Walker’s girlfriend 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, a certified EMT working on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, died in her bed from the gunshot wounds. This happened on March 13, and since then, an FBI investigation has been launched and the Louisville Police Chief Steve Conrad suddenly quit.
According to the AP, Conrad sent out a letter to officers Thursday afternoon, saying there have been “a lot of ups and downs” in the job since he started in 2012. Conrad has come under withering criticism in recent weeks as the family of Breonna Taylor has sued the department and called for his firing.
“You all are weathering a lot right now and I know how challenging this is,” Conrad wrote in the letter to officers. “Approach this as we approach all our struggles — as a team.”
Whatever struggles he’s dealing with cannot compare in size and scope to the ones facing Taylor’s family and Kenneth Walker.
“We will not rest until everyone involved is held accountable, and Breonna Taylor gets the justice she so deserves,” Benjamin Crump, a high-profile civil rights attorney said Thursday in a press statement.
Just before the chief made his announcement of resignation, the FBI announced on Thursday that they opened an investigation into the death of Taylor. We think this is no coincidence.
“The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence and will ensure that the investigation is conducted in a fair, thorough and impartial manner,” Robert Brown, special agent in charge with FBI Louisville, said in a statement.
Officials from the Louisville Metro Police Department claimed that officers knocked on the door and announced themselves and they were “immediately met by gunfire” from Walker, upon entering the home. However, witnesses, and facts tell a different story.
“The Defendants then proceeded to spray gunfire into the residence with a total disregard for the value of human life,” the family’s lawsuit alleges. Taylor and Walker “believed the home had been broken into by criminals and that they were in significant, imminent danger,” the suit added.
As TFTP reported, this wholesale government sponsored execution of Taylor and subsequent unlawful arrest of Walker took place without cause. According to a lawsuit filed by the victim’s family, Taylor was shot 8 times during a drug raid on the wrong home.
For those who may be unaware, Walker is a legally registered gun owner. What’s more, the state of Kentucky uses the Castle Doctrine with a “stand your ground” law. Walker was well within his rights to engage the armed intruders who had no right to be in his home that night — badge or not.
Walker was engaged in no unlawful activity. He has no criminal history and was starting a new job with UPS. No drugs were found at the home and he is not facing any drug charges because cops botched the warrant and were not even supposed to be there, according to the family’s attorney. Cops were reportedly looking for a suspect named Jamarcus Glover, who lived over 10 miles away from Walker and Taylor’s home and had been arrested before the cops even broke down their door.
It was also obvious that Walker had no idea the intruders were cops, especially given the witness testimonies claiming officers never identified themselves before the shooting began. Nevertheless, for defending himself in his own home against armed robbers in the wrong house looking to kidnap him for alleged drug possession, Walker has been charged with first-degree assault and attempted murder of a police officer.