Mother of police-involved shooting victim, Breonna Taylor and family attorney on 'The View'

Breonna Taylor was shot and killed during a police raid on March 13.

May 14, 2020, 12:23 PM

The mother of Breonna Taylor, an EMT who was shot and killed inside her Louisville, Kentucky, apartment during a police raid, is expected on "The View."

Taylor and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker were sleeping in their Springfield Drive apartment on March 13 when officers with the Louisville Police Department arrived to execute a "no-knock" search warrant.

Police said Taylor was accepting USPS packages for an ex-boyfriend who police were investigating as an alleged drug trafficker and used her address, according to the warrant.

Breonna Taylor (left) is seen with her mother Tamika Palmer (middle) and sister(right). Taylor, 26, was shot and killed by Louisville, Kentucky, police officers after allegedly executing a search warrant of the wrong house.
Breonna Taylor Family

Police said they knocked on their front door several times, to no avail, before using a ram to get inside and were allegedly met with gunfire. Neighbors and Walker claimed they barged into the apartment unannounced and started shooting, civil attorneys Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker said on Wednesday during a videoconference call.

Walker, 27, who has a license to possess a gun, called police as they thought they were the victims of a home invasion, said civil rights attorney Ben Crump in a video interview on "The View" Thursday.

At one point, Walker allegedly fired at police and was charged with attempted murder of a police officer for allegedly injuring Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly.

Taylor was shot at least eight times and died. Taylor's mother Tamika Palmer filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Mattingly and Officers Brett Hankinson and Myles Cosgrove.

Palmer told Whoopi Goldberg during a video interview on "The View" that she has not received an explanation nor an apology from the Louisville Police Department.

Police said the officers involved were placed on administrative reassignment.

From left, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, Det. Myles Cosgrove and Det. Brett Hankison are seen here.
Louisville Metro Police Department

Two months after Taylor was killed, her family is still seeking justice, they said.

"These were two young people who had a world full of potential ... Everyone who has talked about her has said she was an angel, always trying to help people, the glue that brought everyone together," said Crump on Thursday's show.

"When black women are killed in these tragedies we don't often talk about them as much as the black men and boys. If you ran for 'Maud," Crump said referring to Ahmaud Arbery, a black man recently fatally shot by two white men in Georgia, "we want you to stand for Bre."

Crump also gave thanks for the attention Taylor's case is receiving to get the answers for Palmer and the rest of her loved ones.

"I'm glad this is getting attention. Senator Kamala Harris called on the federal government for a proper investigation and Governor Beshear called for a special prosecutor," said Crump.

Georgia Governor Andy Beshear released a statement on Wednesday night.

"The public reports concerning the death of Breonna Taylor are troubling. Her family and the public at large deserve the full facts regarding her death," said Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear in a statement released Wednesday night.

Beshear added that Taylor's family "deserve" a "careful" investigation by the "commonweath's attorney, the U.S. attorney and the Kentucky attorney general ... to ensure justice is done at a time when many are concerned that justice is not blind."

Breonna Taylor, 26, was shot and killed by Louisville, Kentucky, police officers after they allegedly executed a search warrant of the wrong home.
Breonna Taylor Family

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