Updated: May 31
We’ve all heard the story by now:
The shooting death of Breonna Taylor, 26, by police during a raid at her home in Louisville, Kentucky, has sparked outrage around the country and a demand for answers.
On Thursday, the city's mayor and police chief asked the U.S. Justice Department and the FBI to review the police department's internal investigation into the shooting. The Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron also announced that he was asked to serve as a special prosecutor.
Breonna Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were asleep in their apartment when just before 1 a.m. on March 13 three plainclothes officers with the Louisville Metro Police Department arrived to execute a search warrant in a drug case.
The two believed their apartment was being broken into when police busted through the door, according to a lawsuit by Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer.
Walker called 911, grabbed a gun and fired, shooting an officer in the leg. He had a license to carry and kept firearms in the home, and Taylor was unarmed.
According to The Courier-Journal in Louisville, a judge had approved a "no-knock" search warrant, meaning police could enter the home without identifying themselves
Asleep at 1am and a no-knock Raid. Anyone would grab their gun and prepare to defend themselves. This was a reckless and stupid decision by the Louisville Metro PD. So, who’s the Chief of Police?
At what point is Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer going to say that enough is enough and finally admit he made a huge mistake eight years ago when he brought Steve Conrad back to Louisville and named him police chief.
It’s been a never-ending cycle of drama and skyrocketing murder rates ever since Conrad returned to the city where he began his career in 1980.
The death of Breonna Taylor should be the last straw.
Look who Chief Conrad is buddies with (be sure to watch the video in the link):
On Thursday, Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad joined Metro Council members and the group Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America to discuss local efforts to solve the problem.
I love the thumbnail image of that article.
And goes without saying that he supports gun control (unless his own department commits “gun violence“):
Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Police Chief Steve Conrad voiced support for local gun legislation, Conrad noting the approach to gun violence should be “multifaceted.”
The department as a whole?
On June 7, 2019, the Louisville Police joined Moms Demand Action to rally against our right to bear arms. Perhaps this will be a learning moment for the readers of this article.
When I reached out for comment from Louisville Metro, I asked the following questions: “A post you all made showing that one of your officers spoke at a Mom’s Demand Action rally has been brought to my attention and I am writing an article on this. First, who is the officer that spoke on y’all’s behalf? Second, do the positions of Moms Demand Action represent the positions of Louisville Metro Police Department? Third, did any of LMPD’s budget go toward this event, whether it be for sponsorship or for the speaker (even if she was on duty)? Fourth, what gun control and/or citizen disarmament policies does LMPD support beyond the platform of Moms Demand Action?”
Louisville Metro gave the following response: “First, who is the officer that spoke on y’all’s behalf? Lt. Col. LaVita Chavous. Second, do the positions of Moms Demand Action represent the positions of Louisville Metro Police Department? No. However, the LMPD does support a reduction in any violent crime. Third, did any of LMPD’s budget go toward this event, whether it be for sponsorship or for the speaker (even if she was on duty)? No. We were invited by Councilwoman Barbara Sexton Smith and asked to speak once there. Fourth, what gun control and/or citizen disarmament policies does LMPD support beyond the platform of Moms Demand Action? The LMPD supports and enforces the 2nd Amendment and KY state law.”
While LMPD claims that Moms Demand Action does not align with the department, one must remember that the police department actively spoke against Permitless Carry this February. Moms Demand Action is another group that stood against this common sense pro-gun legislation. This alone precludes Louisville Police from claiming to support the Second Amendment.
The claim that they “support a reduction in any violent crime” is rhetoric to distract you from the group they just rallied with. Moms Demand Action is VERY pro-violence. It takes government force to enforce their anti-liberty agenda. While Moms Demand Action doesn’t have a public platform, we can draw conclusions based upon their “victories.” Based upon this list, there is not a single restriction on the right to bear arms that Moms Demand Action doesn’t support. Anyone who allies with them is not on the side of liberty.
And the mayor?
Of course, the gun owner needs to be blamed in Breonna’s murder. We wouldn’t want it known that the Chief is one of Moms Demand Action’s cheerleaders.
So Shannon, can you make a statement about no-knock raids now? One of your own is in charge of these officers....
On the night 26-year-old emergency medical worker Breonna Taylor was shot and killed by police inside her home, her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, told a 911 operator that "somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend." Taylor's death has sparked national outcry and an FBI investigation.
"I don't know what happened ... somebody kicked in the door and shot my girlfriend," Walker told the dispatcher. When asked where Taylor had been shot, Walker replied, "I don't know, she is on the ground right now. I don't know, I don't know."