Part 1: Bibliographic entry
Part 2: Key words
- Wanton endangerment
- Outrageous and offensive
- Search warrant
- Drug ring
- Co defendant
Part 3: Precis
This article explains the death of Breonna Taylor, an African American, who was also an emergency medical technician. The incident started when the 3 police officers executed a search warrant to her apartment while she was in bed with her boyfriend after midnight. Her boyfriend thought someone broke in so he fired at the cop (Officer Mattingly). Then the three officers shot 32 rounds and killed Ms. Taylor and her boyfriend and one of the cop’s (Officer Hankinson) bullets went out the window into the neighbor’s house. Officer Hankinson was fired and the other 2 officers got reassigned. The cops were at her house because they had reason to believe her ex-boyfriend Jamarcus Glover was in possession of drugs and using her house to hide narcotics. No drugs were found on the property. But Glover was arrested for drug possession the same night of Ms. Taylor’s death. Also Taylor’s family sued the state and the city paid a $12 million dollar settlement.
Part 4: Reflection
I thought this article had some really interesting approaches to explaining Breonna Taylor’s death. The article included some background information about the incident and even a diagram of her house with timelines of what occurred. Then it went on to explain the overall investigation that was taking place where in the case Ms. Taylor was innocent. This was a really big incident considering that she was also in the medical union. Now that I have some recent deaths of African Americans, I want to conduct some research on the African slave trade and how that led to racism in our society. This article is also very useful in my paper because it provides some more evidence to why racism is on the rise in our society.
Part 5: Quotables
“Taylor is struck six times in a matter of seconds.”
“A subsequent police report contained errors, including listing Ms Taylor’s injuries as “none” and saying no force was used to enter, when a battering ram had been used.”
“Authorities believed her ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, was involved in a drug ring and had used her apartment to hide narcotics.”
“No drugs were found at the property, though Jefferson County Prosecutor Thomas Wine said the search was cancelled after the shooting.”