MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The grand jury’s decision in the Breonna Taylor case left a lot of people confused. FOX13 is separating fact from fiction.
Tensions were high as protesters blocked the corner of 4th and Poplar Ave. in downtown Memphis Thursday afternoon.
Protesters took to the streets of downtown Memphis as they search for answers about Breonna Taylor’s death.
There are still a lot of questions about what’s true and what’s not.
According to reports, Taylor was inside her apartment when she was fatally shot by three officers in plain clothes trying to serve a warrant on March 13 as part of a drug investigation.
The warrant was for Taylor’s apartment. Investigators said on the warrant that a suspect had used the address on documents, and they believed he had drugs delivered there. Three other warrants were for other homes nearby along with another home on a different street.
Another common question is if Taylor was asleep when the shooting started. Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker told police in an interview Taylor was not asleep.
Walker said in that interview during recordings, “She was like, ‘Who is it?’ loud at the top of her lungs, no response, so I’m like what the heck?”
According to reports, police kicked the door in after getting no response. Walker said he didn’t hear police announce themselves, but officers and one witness at the apartment complex said they did.
Walker admitted he fired the first shot once police got inside. Reports reveal officers fired more than 20 rounds hitting Taylor multiple times.
Protesters still argue Breonna didn’t deserve it.
“Where is your humanity when you watch people die,” said Sherman.
Breonna Taylor’s death raised serious questions across the country about no-knock warrants.
Even though Kentucky’s attorney general now says an investigation found officers announced themselves before breaking down Taylor’s door, law enforcement agencies across the country have made changes.
That includes the Memphis Police Department.
Sheriff’s Office spokesman John Morris says it’s still under review.
Many law enforcement veterans say no-knock warrants are very dangerous for everyone involved.
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