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My Assessment of the Breonna Taylor Shooting

In Front Page, Second Amendment, US Constitution by Allen West

Let me state, first and foremost, anyone banging on my door and forcibly entering my house will be met with my right to self-defense. This is a right that is not based upon identity politics. It is a right for every law-abiding, legal gun owner in America.

A few years back, a 61-year-old man, Gary J. Willis, was shot to death at his front door by local Ferndale Maryland police officers. They came at 5 am in the morning to serve a “red flag violation.” As far as I have read, those officers were never identified, no red flag order was ever found, and no one knows who initiated the red flag order.

In Dallas, Texas, a police officer walked into the wrong apartment, and gunned down an innocent man, Botham Jean, sitting in his apartment.

A young man was out — walking, running, it does not matter — in Brunswick, Georgia, Ahmaud Arbery. He was tracked down and engaged by individuals brandishing firearms, summarily shot to death. Initially, the whole crime was not investigated, and the shooters were released.

In Laredo, Texas, Ana Castro-Garcia and Brenda Mata, had undercover police and SWAT teams descend upon them and arrest them, all because they were doing nails and eyebrows in their homes.

Something is really wrong here and as a law-abiding, legal gun owner we need to hit the pause button. This is not about race, because the aforementioned incidents involved a white man, blacks, and two Hispanic women.

The latest incident involves a woman, in her own apartment, now dead, shot multiple times, unarmed, resulting from a “no-knock” warrant. The case of Breonna Taylor truly leaves me scratching my head, along with the fact that her boyfriend was arrested for attempted murder.

As reported by WLKY Louisville:

“Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer has asked the FBI, the U.S. Attorney and the Kentucky Attorney General to review the investigation into a Louisville Metro Police Department search that resulted in the death of 26-year-old EMT Breonna Taylor.

Officers with LMPD’s criminal interdiction unit entered Taylor’s apartment just before 1 a.m. on March 13, while serving a search warrant related to a drug investigation. Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were inside at the time. Police have said Walker fired at police upon their entry and three officers returned fire. Taylor was shot and killed during the gunfire exchange.

Walker was arrested and charged with attempted murder of a police officer.

Sgt. John Mattingly was shot in the leg during the incident. He and Detectives Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankison were placed on administrative reassignment.

LMPD’s Public Integrity Unit is now investigating the incident. Breonna Taylor, 26, was a certified EMT who was working as an emergency room technician at UofL Health Jewish East and a part-time nurse at Norton Healthcare at the time of her death.

Taylor’s family is now suing the three officers involved, claiming they “blindly” fired more than 20 shots into her apartment. The lawsuit says she was shot at least 8 times by officers, causing her death.

According to the lawsuit, Taylor had no criminal history for drugs or violence. WLKY can confirm that is correct for Jefferson County. Officers with LMPD’s criminal interdiction unit obtained a search warrant for Taylor’s apartment as part of a larger narcotics investigation on March 12. Taylor was one of three people named in the warrant, along with Jamarcus Glover and Adrian Walker. Officers requested a “no-knock entry” on the warrant, meaning they would not have to identify themselves as police before entering the residence. But at a press conference the day Taylor died, LMPD said officers had knocked and identified themselves before entering [a claim refuted by witnesses]. The three officers were not wearing body cameras at the time of the search, which may have provided clarity about whether or not they identified themselves as police before entering the apartment. 

Kenneth Walker was Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend and was in her apartment the night of the search. According to the lawsuit filed by Taylor’s family, Walker was licensed to carry a firearm and kept guns in the home for protection. The lawsuit filed by Taylor’s family against the three officers involved claims that because the officers did not identify themselves as police, Walker believed them to be intruders and was shooting in self-defense. 

“Do African-Americans have a right to the Second Amendment? Doesn’t he have the right to stand his ground against people who he believes are burglarizing his home?” said Crump. Walker’s attorney Rob Eggert said in a statement, “Mr. Walker is completely innocent. He was not named on the warrant. There were no drugs in the apartment. The commonwealth should dismiss the case and not prosecute him just to protect police.”

From what has been reported — and I have read several different accounts to date — something went horribly wrong here. An innocent woman with no prior offenses, an EMT and a part-time nurse, is shot eight times in her own apartment. No drugs were found in her legal residence. Her very own boyfriend, who, to my knowledge, does not a criminal record, was not named on the warrant, and fired back, as a legal gun owner with a firearm, against plain-clothed individuals who used a battering ram to burst into a legal residence.

There should be no charges of attempted murder against Kenneth Walker who acted in self-defense. Also, it would not have been too much of a burden to don body cameras right before entering the legal residence of a woman who had no prior record of criminal activity.

The bottom line to this case is that an innocent woman is dead, shot eight times in the middle of the night, in her own residence. There was no evidence of drugs. She was there with her boyfriend, who did what any honorable man would do, defend his woman, as a law-abiding, legal gun owner. I do not know about the other men who were listed on the warrant: Jamarcus Glover was arrested at 2:43 am, and Adrian Walker was not in custody.

Breonna Taylor is dead, and there appears to be no reason why. Going back to the original premise of my assessment. If individuals in plain clothes came and knocked in your door in the middle of the night what would you do? Gary J. Willis is dead under almost the same circumstance. I know that I would arm myself and defend my wife Angela and our household.

Our men and women of the Thin Blue Line are out there every day to serve and protect us. But sometimes a few things go wrong, and in this case, very, very wrong. Sadly, a young woman — just a year younger than my oldest daughter, Aubrey — lost her life, and the evidence says it was for no apparent reason. The charges against Kenneth Walker, a legal, law-abiding citizen, defending those he loved, should be dropped.

That, ladies and gents, is indeed FUBAR.

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