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A Kentucky EMT was shot and killed during a police raid of her home. The family is suing for wrongful death

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Mockingbird    2,978
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(CNN) -- A Kentucky woman working as an EMT was killed after officers forced their way inside her home and exchanged shots with her boyfriend, according to a lawsuit filed by her mother.

The officers were executing a search warrant in a narcotics investigation, the Louisville Metro Police Department has said, when they entered Breonna Taylor's apartment just before 1 a.m. on March 13.

 

Taylor's mother, in a wrongful death lawsuit filed last month against the three police officers involved, argues that the officers should have called off their search of Taylor's apartment because a suspect police were looking for had already been arrested by other officers executing a warrant at a separate location.

 

Attorney Benjamin Crump joined the family's legal team this week, vowing to seek justice for Taylor, who was shot at least eight times, according to the lawsuit.

"Despite the tragic circumstances surrounding her death, the Department has not provided any answers regarding the facts and circumstances of how this tragedy occurred, nor have they taken responsibility for her senseless killing," Crump said in a statement.

 

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https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/13/us/louisville-police-emt-killed-trnd/index.html

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DocM    16,854
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Many ways to look at it.

 

1) they could surround the place, clear the area, call her phone/use a megaphone/send in a robot and do a notification - which could go to hell in a hand basket if an innocent party is there and it becomes a hostage situation. Suicide, taking the hostage with them, happens a lot.

 

2) it was a location known to be part of a drug operation. Cops don't know if another dealer, perhaps her, will fire at the first person who knocks so they do a hot entry. Catch 'em flat footed.

 

Sometimes there's a shortage of good options, especially when drug dealers are involved. 

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