In newly released body camera footage from the raid on Breonna Taylor’s apartment, one of the officers on the scene can be heard repeatedly saying “she’s done,” in a very cold tone, illustrating what little regard some of these officers have for the lives of the people they claim to protect.
The new video shows what took place in the apartment in the moments following the shooting, after Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker had already surrendered to police.
Although Taylor had been shot moments before, the police and SWAT team paid very little attention to her, and can be seen searching the apartment before checking on her condition.
One officer can be heard saying “The female is supposedly the one that’s shot.”
After several minutes of searching the home, the police finally checked on Taylor and found that she did not have a pulse.
That is when one of the officers began announcing that “She’s done.”
Officer Brett Hankison, who was fired from the department, and the only officer indicted under the grand jury, was suspiciously snooping around the crime scene at various points in body camera footage. He was told to leave the apartment numerous times by other officers because he was compromising the scene and it could make things look worse for the department
Another officer is seen examining shell casings on the ground in hopes that they were fired from the occupant’s gun, but it turned out that the casings belonged to the officer’s guns.
Outside of the apartment, Walker was questioned by police about the shooting, and said that he thought that someone was breaking into the home, so he fired his legally owned handgun. The police insisted that they announced themselves 3 times, but this is disputed by Walker, and the police had a no-knock warrant, which usually means that they plan to enter without announcing themselves.
Walker also pleaded with police to give Taylor medical attention, but they neglected to even check on her until she was already dead. As TFTP reported, Taylor bled out for several minutes, gasping for air in crucial moments that could’ve saved her life. Instead of saving her life, police did nothing.
“Breonna, who was unarmed in her hallway, was struck by several rounds of gunfire. She was not killed immediately. Rather, she lived for another five to six minutes before ultimately succumbing to her injuries on the floor of her home,” the attorneys said in court documents.
Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, the officer on the scene who suffered non-life-threatening injuries, received medical attention immediately.
The police and local prosecutors, including Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, have been accused of covering up for the police involved in the shooting and shielding them from legal consequences. A member of the grand jury has come forward to say that they were misled into bringing softer charges against Officer Brett Hankison. Attorney General Cameron has filed a motion to block the grand jury from speaking publicly about their experience.
In a statement announcing the motion, Cameron said:
“As I’ve stated prior, I have no concerns with a grand juror sharing their thoughts or opinions about me and my office’s involvement in the matter involving the death of Ms. Breonna Taylor. However, I have concerns with a grand juror seeking to make anonymous and unlimited disclosures about the grand jury proceedings. The grand jury process is secretive for a reason, to protect the safety and anonymity of all the grand jurors, witnesses, and innocent persons involved in the proceedings. Allowing this disclosure would irreversibly alter Kentucky’s legal system by making it difficult for prosecutors and the public to have confidence in the secrecy of the grand jury process going forward.”