LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The Louisville Metro Police (LMPD) Public Integrity Unit (PIU) investigation into the circumstances of Breonna Taylor's death is complete. Mayor Greg Fischer (D-Louisville) announced on Wednesday, the file is being turned in to Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R).
The public still doesn't know what's in that file. Lack of information is one reason Councilwoman Jessica Green (D-District 1) says she's working on a resolution to demand the 911 call audio be made public. The next step, she says, is likely a city ordinance banning the "no-knock" type of warrant that let police into Taylor's apartment on March 13.
"I think it's cowardly and kind of pathetic to hide behind the idea that 'Oh, we're in the midst of an investigation.' The public still has the right to know," Green says of releasing the 911 audio. Green led the special Public Safety Meeting on Wednesday, which included remarks from Breonna Taylor's family's attorneys.
"We would like to see Metro Council issue some type of ordinance banning no-knock warrants except in extreme circumstances — those circumstances being murder, terrorists, kidnapping..." Attorney Lonita Baker said.
"We cannot forget Breonna Taylor's life mattered. We need to have full accountability of each and everybody who was responsible for what we believe was a dangerous, reckless, unnecessary and unjustifiable violation of her Fourth Amendment rights," attorney Ben Crump said.
New details emerged from the attorneys; Sam Aguiar told the council that Taylor was not working as an EMT at the time she died, but instead was assigned as a technician in a hospital to work the frontlines of the pandemic fighting coronavirus.
Police say, Officer Jon Mattingly, Detective Myles Cosgrove, and Detective Brett Hankison were serving a drug search warrant on March 13 when they forced into Taylor's apartment and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker shot at them; police investigators say the officers returned fire. Mattingly was injured. Although the warrant allowed police not to knock, investigators told reporters in a press conference on the morning of the shooting, that they did. However, Aguiar told Council Wednesday, that at least six neighbors say that didn't happen.
Spectrum News 1 received the personnel files of each officer from LMPD, through an Open Records request. Each file contains both reprimands and commendations.
Mattingly began working for LMPD in 2000. He was reprimanded once for "use of force" against someone and failure to provide some documentation. The letter served as the discipline. He was praised in 34 letters of commendation over his years working for the department.
Cosgrove has 10 letters of commendation in his file. He was reprimanded for failing to appear in court, and failing to be courteous to someone. He's been involved in another officer-involved shooting but returned to work from administrative leave after being on leave for just one day.
Hankison has 46 letters of commendation. He was reprimanded in 2010, for extracting evidence from a person's mouth, and for carrying a concealed deadly weapon in the bed of a truck.
As for the incident that resulted in Taylor's death, Fischer says the PIU investigation file will also go to the FBI and US District Attorney. The officers are on "administrative reassignment."
Green called on Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Wine for Walker's release, calling Walker a "hero" Wednesday night. Wine's spokesperson Jeff Cooke said Wine cannot respond to that at this time, as Walker has been indicted for shooting Mattingly. Cooke said it's still a pending case so they cannot respond now.