Lawyers: Breonna Taylor Shooting Linked to Louisville Gentrification

By Shani Saxon Jul 06, 2020

Lawyers for the family of Breonna Taylor say the shooting death of the 26-year-old was the result of a Louisville, Kentucky, police department’s “operation to clear out a block in western Louisville that was part of a major gentrification makeover,” according to a report in The Courier Journal.

The family’s lawyers filed documents in Jefferson Circuit Court on Sunday (July 5) accusing a police squad called Place-Based Investigations of deliberately misleading narcotics detectives to “target a home on Elliott Avenue, leading them to believe they were after some of the city’s largest violent crime and drug rings.”

Reports The Courier Journal:

The complaint—which amends an earlier lawsuit filed by Taylor’s mother against the three Louisville officers who fired their weapons into Taylor’s home—claims Taylor was caught up in a case that was less about a drug house on Elliott Avenue and more about speeding up the city’s multi-million dollar Vision Russell development plan.

Benjamin Crump, one of the attorney’s representing the Taylor family, spoke to The Courier Journal about Breonna’s death. "The execution of this search warrant robbed Breonna of her life and Tamika Palmer of her daughter," he said. "Its execution exhibited outrageous recklessness and willful, wanton, unprecedented and unlawful conduct."

Jean Porter, an official representing Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer, denies the family’s accusations, calling them "outrageous" and "without foundation or supporting facts,” in a statement released to The Courier Journal. 

Louisville Metro Police so far have not responded to The Courier Journal’s request for comment. 

As Colorlines previously reported, Breonna Taylor was "shot and killed in her home on March 13 when Louisville, Kentucky, police officers unexpectedly stormed her apartment, alarming the victim and her boyfriend, who thought they were being robbed.”

Her family filed a lawsuit accusing officers of conducting a ‘botched’ search warrant and ‘blindly firing’ over 20 shots into the apartment.