From The New York Times, I'm Michael Barbaro. This is The Daily Beast that we got. No one said you had a violent crime, no one for the car. We have work to do in terms of building trust with the people that we have sworn to serve and protect. Yesterday, my colleague Rukmini Callimachi told the story of how police in Louisville, Kentucky, ended up at Briona Tailor Store.
She was coming for everything she wanted to share, so thousands when he was out here today with thousands of pages of documents and hours of interviews, tell us about the night that she was killed and whether any of the officers involved will ever be charged.
It's Thursday, September 10th. Rukmini, I know that this will make for difficult listening for some people, but can you walk me through what you have learned about the night of March 12th?
Yeah. So leading up to that night, Brianna Taylor had just worked for overnight shifts at the hospital where she was employed as an E.R. tech. She was pretty tuckered out and she spent the day with her boyfriend, Kanye Walker, who literally was just chillin pretty much for the most part of the day.
Later, they went on a date to a steakhouse end up going to Texas Roadhouse, and they had it home around nine o'clock that night.
It was a great day and it was a normal day. Usually they went to his apartment, which was just a few minutes away, where he lived alone. They didn't go to hers typically because she lived with her little sister and her two year old goddaughter who spent several nights a week there. But that particular night, the night of March 12th, Brianna's sister was on a trip to California. Her goddaughter was staying with relatives somewhere else. And so they decided to head home to Brianna's apartment because they knew that they would have the place to themselves.
We went back in the house. It was in between watch a movie and play UNO, and we decided to do both.
According to Kenny's account, she baked some cookies. She served them with ice cream. They played a game of UNO.
We didn't make it halfway through the game before she was fallen asleep.
So and then they turned on Netflix and curled up in bed. She just went to sleep. And then I was just laying there was a battle with me to the movies watching us. What we now know is that while this casual date happened inside her apartment, outside her apartment, starting at around 10 p.m., just an hour after Brianna Taylor and Kenny Walker had returned from the state house, a handful of plain clothes police officers from the Louisville Metro Police Department began circling around the parking lot, surveilling her place in preparation for a coordinated raid that was aiming to gather evidence of what they believed was a criminal drug syndicate run by Jamarcus Glover, Brianna Taylor's ex-boyfriend.
At around twelve thirty five a.m., they pulled in one last time, got out of the car and in their tactical vests, went and lined up in front of Apartment four and the only thing they noticed was the blue glow of the light that was coming from her TV in her bedroom window.
This is Amanda Seele, Metro Police Department, Public Integrity Unit. Also with me is Sergeant Chad Tinnell now for what happens next.
That night, we've spoken to neighbors. We've gone through police documents.
I am here with your name, Kenny or Kenneth Kenneth.
And we also have the recorded statement that Kenny Walker gave to the police a few hours after the events of that night.
This will be a recorded statement from Sergeant John Madingley and the recorded statement from the officer who led the approach to Briona Taylor's apartment.
Sergeant, are you aware this statement is being video and audio tape? Yes, Don Mattingly, how long have you been on the department?
Since June of 2000, at around 140 a.m. Both Kenny and Madingley say that it all started with a knock on Briana Taylor store when we all got in line and knocked on the door.
Or is a loud bang at the door banging on the door. She pops up, actually be scared to death.
Both say they didn't hear any response through the door.
First thing she said, who is it? No response. There was a second knock bang on it again. No response, no other knock at the door.
She's like, Who is it? Loud at the top of her lungs. No response.
Madingley says that after their third knock at that point we started announcing ourselves.
Please, please come the door, please. We have a search warrant. They began loudly announcing themselves screaming Police, police, police.
There's another knock at the door. She's yelling at the top of our lungs. And I am too at this point. Who is it? But Kenny says no response.
All they heard was the knocking.
They never heard any voices, no answer, no anything silly. Like what the heck. And at this point, I'm scared to death. They're both frightened. Now we're getting out, putting on clothes.
And in the confusion that happened, Kenny puts on Briony's pants. That's how scared and startled they both were.
I honestly think it it was. It was because we've been on it off together.
Kenny says to investigators later that what he thought was going on is that the person at the door was Brianna's ex boyfriend.
So I guy that she was listening to or whatever.
But throughout that time, you know, he never names the ex-boyfriend. But officials say that his description makes clear that he's referring to DeMarcus Lawrence and that you popped up over there once before.
I was there like a couple months ago. So that's what I thought was going on.
And that's why he says that he reaches for his gun. So I grabbed my gun, which is legal and I'm licensed to carry everything. I've never even fired by good outside of a rage.
And he and Brianna, who are now barefoot but partially dressed, begin to walk outside of their bedroom.
We start walking towards the door to go see who it is on the other side of the door, kept banging and announce.
Madingley and other officers say that at this point they were banging very loudly and with every beat they were screaming, police, police, police, announce yourself, police search warrant.
I probably banged on the door six or seven different time periods. It probably lasted between four or five seconds in a minute.
Madingley says that at this point they feel that they've given Brianna Taylor plenty of time to come to the door.
And at that point I said go ahead and hit it. So I looked at my it said, go ahead.
And at this point, they decide that they're going to ram in the door. So he hits the first time and it hits right on the door handle, and there's a man who is armed with a battering ram. He heads the door once, didn't move the door. They hit it a second time.
Second time he hits it, almost knocks the door open and I could see a crack in the door leading into the apartment.
So I said this was going to go. And then finally they punch it through. So he hit the third time and as soon as he hit the door came out the young police search warrant, police search warrant. As soon as I cleared the threshold of the front door, I could see down the hallway there's a bedroom door on the right and there's a male and a female. Now, this is important. Officer Madingley claims that as they beat down the door, he steps into the apartment through the threshold and he's able to see down a long hallway.
This is a hallway that's roughly 25 to maybe 30 feet long. And immediately what he sees are two human figures. And as I turned the doorway, he's in a stretched out position with his hands, with a gun.
And as his eyes are adjusting, he suddenly realizes that the male figure is standing with his hands facing forward and his hands are what looks to be a gun.
And as soon as I clear he fires both now and he's telling Kenny and Brianna are walking side by side. They've just left the bedroom. They've stopped not even a couple of feet into the hallway. Then the door light comes off the head, the door comes flying off the hinges. It's happening fast, like it's like an explosion.
And immediately, as it flew open, he aims has gone and he shot right away.
I just let out one shot. He says I go, boom, boom.
It was all on like one motion was like simultaneous, like boom, boom. Then all of a sudden there's a whole lot of shots. Soon as a shot hit, I could feel the heat in my leg and so I just returned fire.
I got four rounds of Madingley says that he lets off immediately.
And it was like simultaneous boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. Four shots slid back on my butt to get out of the line of fire and then reached around.
I think I got two more off around the corner of the door and then two shots after that.
And then I could really feel the blood on my leg. So I reached down and felt it. My hand was full blown and I yelled at them. I've been hit my femoral. He's been hit in what's called the femoral artery, this is one of the major arteries in your body. It's a very dangerous wound. You can bleed out in a matter of minutes if it's not treated and the next couple of minutes are just a scene of utter chaos.
One of his colleagues tries to step on the wound.
Another officer takes off his belt to put on a tourniquet.
You hear them on the radio calling for the ambulance.
The ambulance tries to rush to the apartment complex and the ambulance goes to the wrong entrance. It hits an entrance that happens to have a gate on it.
So they tell the ambulance, just ram it.
But it doesn't seem to be able to go past the crushed metal.
So at this point, they're trying to get Madingley to the first responders and he can't walk.
He was basically told to get on top of the trunk as they slowly drive the car towards the ambulance, which is now ensnared in the crushed gate.
He's conscious as he gets in the ambulance and finally they're able to start taking him to a hospital.
I want you to hear now what during all of this confusion. A third officer whose name is Detective Brett Hankinson, who had been in the same formation at the front of the door, he had left that formation. He had run back out through the breezeway and he had run into the parking lot. So he's now outside the apartment complex facing Brianna's residence and the other apartments there. And he begins blindly firing through Brianna's window and her patio door, both of which were covered with blinds.
So he had no way of seeing inside the bullets from Bretagne. Concerns gone, we believe, are the ones that ripped not just through her apartment, but also through one of the apartments that was in the back where a young woman who was pregnant and her five year old child were asleep in separate bedrooms. Luckily, the bedrooms where they were sleeping were not in the line of fire and they were not harmed.
So there's just shooting, we're both on the ground and I know these shots where they're going to start now, I'm scared, I sound like freaking. I can register anything that's going on. Where did you go there? I just dropped on the ground, like, right next to her. But where I dropped on the ground, like there's a room to the left when you come back to her room. So there's a wall right here.
Back inside Brianna's apartment, Kenny says that he dropped to the floor and he managed to crawl on his hands and knees into the second bedroom.
And then when all the shots stop, I'm like panicking. She's right there on the ground, like bleeding and nobody's come me. And I'm just confused and scared and I feel the same right now. At that point, he makes three phone calls in quick succession.
I call my mom at 146 a.m. He calls his mom and I tell her that somebody just kicked in the door and shot his mom, said, Kenny, can you have to call 911? My mom's like, call 911 right now. Call 911. Right.
Right now at 1047 a.m. when operator Harris was an emergency. He finally calls 911. I don't know what happened. Somebody kick in the door is not my girlfriend. OK, where are you located? Eight three zero zero three Springfield. I have a problem for my guy. OK, how old is your girlfriend? She's 26. Why was she shot at? I don't know. Almagro. I don't know. I don't know. Up the. And.
No, he's not breathing. I'm sorry. What. What's out there. What do you say. Oh. And we see from the call logs that that appears to be the first time that police and officials become aware of the fact that there's a young woman who is inside the apartment and that she's seriously wounded.
Then I called Brianna's mom. I hung up on that one. Two minutes after that, a 12, 49 a.m. he calls Tamika Palmer, Brianna Taylor's mom.
And then I told her what just happened when I was on the phone with her. That's what I kind of realized, that it was the police, because now there you have them. Like, come out. Come out.
We also have cell phone footage from bystanders, from neighbors who at this point woken up and they managed to capture Kanae being brought out.
Before I stepped out, I yelled to them, I'm like, hey, I got my phone in my hand like I'm unarmed, like like, you know, so I come out and they tell him to come up with his hands above his head and walking backwards.
Wah, wah, wah, wah, wah, wah.
So just start walking backwards and clearly have nothing in my hands, anything, I'm walking backwards and he has this dog right here barking like three feet behind me, like the dog is going crazy.
And he's like, if you don't get down on your knee, I'm doing everything they're asking me to slowly and surely, like I'm like scared to death. And I told them, like, I'm scared. I really don't know what he's weeping and sobbing and crying while they come and they put the cuffs on me and stuff and they are walking me away.
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Rukmini, given all the documents that you have had access to and reviewed, what do you make of that night, this raid?
I think that we can say with some confidence that there were a series of things that went wrong. Let's start with what we know about the raid itself. We know that the police had a meeting just a few hours before the raid and they told the officers that were heading to her apartment that she was living alone, that she had no children, no pets and no boyfriend other than to Marcus lover. They got this wrong. They assume that she's home alone and that she lives alone.
They don't know anything about her sister. They don't know anything about her goddaughter. And they don't seem to know anything at all about Kenny. At that same meeting, the police were told that even though the judge had approved a so-called no knock warrant, they were going to change it to a knock and announce, meaning that the police have to knock and announce themselves as police officers. Madingley then says in a statement that they repeatedly announce themselves that they screamed out police, police, police.
Did you hear the call out and say, I'm police or anything like that?
Of the roughly one dozen people that I spoke to, I found only one neighbor. And it was the man who happened to be immediately on the staircase above Brianna Taylor's apartment who said that he heard the police announce themselves.
And you're sure you only pay police once, police or police. And he claims that he heard them say it only once.
But the police I never once heard them that night announced them. There is no identification at all. We're police. I didn't hear that at all.
Everybody else said that the first thing they heard.
No, they're just pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop, pop were the shots. Plus, welcome back to Face the Nation. We have the actions of Brett Hankinson when he shot blindly into Brianna Taylor's apartment from dozens of feet outside in the parking lot.
I just want to read from a letter that was written to one of the three officers terminated. It was from the chief of police to that officer. And it is scathing.
His actions have been denounced by his own department as reckless, says Brett Hankinson displayed an extreme indifference to the value of human life.
When you wantonly and blindly fired ten rounds into the apartment of Brianna Taylor, he was fired in June and then his termination letter, the police chief said that his behavior at that night was, quote, a shock to the conscience. So that's what we know at this point about the raid itself. But there are other pieces of the puzzle that are still missing.
Like what this department has withheld some of the most basic information that you typically get to see at this point in an investigation. We have not seen her autopsy. The body camera footage of the SWAT team officers who responded to the call have not been released. And the statements of the other officers at the scene other than Mattingly have also been withheld.
And at the same time, hello, this is a prepaid collect call from an inmate at Louisville Metropolitan Corrections Department, investigators have uncovered more evidence indicating an ongoing relationship between Briona and Germanicus Glover.
Hello, Elizabeth. And this specifically came just a few hours after her death in a number of jailhouse calls that Jamarcus made to another woman.
So your money. Yes. What you mean by a lie? I have still got money in those calls.
Jamarcus is trying to make bail to get out of jail free.
I guarantee your money. And she says you are aware of the choices she had to make nice day.
And she tells that woman that he has left eight and six, eight grand and six grand at Brianna Taylor's home. So 14000 dollars at Brianna Taylor's home.
And he doesn't tell just that woman how brutal, brutal, brutal or you know, how.
He also tells another associate on a different call where they have a discussion about where the money is, not about the money or use.
It will go down.
And Jamarcus says regarding the money at Brianna Taylor's home, it was there. It was there. It was there. And so investigators point out that Jamarcus Glover never had any kind of legal employment. And they're saying that these thousands of dollars are therefore the proceeds of his drug trade and that she was essentially handling the proceeds of his business for him. But even if Jamarcus was storing thousands of dollars at Brianna Taylor's apartment, a claim that, by the way, has not been verified.
Everyone I've spoken to, advocates for her family and officials at the city and state level agree that that should not have led to this young woman getting killed.
We are outside the attorney general town telling him that we want justice, justice for her in Louisville and around the country.
Protests calling for justice for Brianna Taylor have been continuing every single day. And those protests have brought about some change, the police chief in Louisville was forced out, he resigned. And just a couple of days ago, an African-American female police officer has been named as interim chief.
And finally, after heated protests and emotional pleas, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer signed Briana's law.
Today, the city council passed something called Briana's law, which is a law that makes no knock search warrants illegal.
Also, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul introducing the Brianna Taylor bill that would ban no knock warrants.
There's also a movement to make Brianna's law a national law, charged the pot charge the cop.
But the protesters who have been flooding into the streets day in, day out, night after night have been calling for something very specific.
Cops arrest the top. They're calling for the three officers who opened fired that night to be criminally charged and to be arrested and sent to prison. In fact, Oprah Winfrey has erected 26 billboards around Louisville asking for just that across the top.
We also we also want the neighbors to keep coming back. We want to know the time.
And what I've learned is there are real obstacles to charging those three officers.
And what do you mean by that?
What are those obstacles in this case? There aren't a lot of things that people agree on, but there's consensus on two major points. One of them is that Kenny shot first. And under Kentucky law, he has the right to use lethal force against somebody entering his home or apartment if he believes that that person is an intruder. But Kentucky law also protects police officers who are using deadly force in self-defense. And the legal experts I've talked to say that it's hard to see how Mattingly, who was shot in the leg, and his colleague who's standing right next to him, how their actions are not going to be seen as opening fire in self-defense.
The second major point of consensus is that the officer who blindly fired through Brianna Taylor's patio door and the window and the walls of her home from the parking lot outside, everybody agrees that he violated department policy and that he most likely acted in a criminal matter. What I've been told is that if the forensic analysis of the of the ballistics of the bullets that were shot, that might show that Hankinson concerns bullets did not harm her, then the only charge that he can be charged with under Kentucky law is something called wanton endangerment.
His actions endangered Brianna and others in the neighborhood and his colleagues. And that's a much lesser charge than what protesters have been calling for.
And while protesters are demanding that these three officers be charged with murder and be arrested and be put away as the killers of Brianna, what officials are telling me is that the charge of murder against any of these three officers is looking unlikely. You know, I've I've spent months poring over thousands of pages of legal documents, police records, call logs, I've I've gone through terabytes of data trying to understand what happened to Brianna Taylor. It was in the final couple of days of my reporting that a source handed me her scrapbook.
She was a scrapbook or she she had a scrapbook where she would cut out little pictures of herself and her friends, her mom, her sister, and she would note down momentous occasions in her life. And in this scrapbook, there's one specific entry that has really stayed with me. She wrote it on the occasion of her graduation from high school in 2011.
And she says. Graduating this year on time is so important to me because I'll be the first in my family to accomplish this. My mother wasn't able to finish high school on time and get her diploma, so I know how much my getting mind means to her, to have my entire family expecting me to graduate and set a good example for the younger ones is one of the biggest responsibilities I've ever had. But I refuse to let anyone down, regardless of the amount of pressure I have on my shoulders.
I want to be the one who finally breaks the cycle of my family's educational history. I want to be the one to finally make a difference. I want to be the one that everybody can look up to with smiles on their faces, telling me how proud of me they are, the one they can finally say you did it to. I want that to be me. Brianna, Sekal Taylor. We'll be right back. This podcast is supported by Kibbie, the streaming service with fresh original stories that unfold in minutes.
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