Five cops who were involved in death of Breonna Taylor also took part in botched 2018 raid that left Louisville family ‘traumatized’
New report reveals involvement of five Louisville officers in another 2018 raid
Mario Daugherty, his girlfriend Ashlea Burr [photo], and their two children, then ages 13 and 14, were at home when cops burst through their door and fired flash bangs
SWAT team stormed the home of Mario Daugherty seeking grow operation
But suspects named in the warrant did not live in the home
Daugherty, his girlfriend and their children say they were traumatized by raid
EMT Breonna Taylor was killed by police in March after cops fired a hail of bullets indiscriminately into her home
Officers were returning fire for the warning shot from her boyfriend who thought they were being robbed by that time of the morning
Cops used a battering ram to access the home without announcing their presence while the pair slept
A year later, the couple filed a lawsuit against Louisville Metro Govt and several officers involved in the botched raid on their home
The city moved to dismiss the case. Five months later, Taylor was killed
Daugherty says he wishes the city had taken his lawsuit seriously and reformed police raid practices before Taylor’s death
“We just wanted to get our story out there because we didn’t want this to happen to anybody innocent and anybody innocent’s life to get lost,” Daugherty said
Five of the Louisville police officers involved in the controversial raid that left Breonna Taylor dead also participated in a botched raid in 2018 that left a family ‘traumatized,’ it has been revealed.
Mario Daugherty, his girlfriend Ashlea Burr, and their two children, then ages 13 and 14, were at home when cops burst through their door and fired flash bangs on a search warrant, according to Vice News.
According to the search warrant, officers had received a complaint that marijuana was being grown and sold out of Daugherty’s house.
The raid recovered only a small amount of marijuana, however, and no evidence of intent to sell.
According to Daughtery’s attorney, the individuals named in the search warrant were previous residents who lived there before him. Daugherty was never charged.
Body camera captures botched 2018 raid by Louisville Police.
At least five of the officers involved in the raid would go on to participate in the debacle that occurred at Breonna Taylor’s home, according to Vice News.
Officers Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove, Mike Campbell, Mike Nobles were present for the execution of the raid on Taylor’s home, and Joshua Jaynes requested the search warrant.
Ten Louisville Metro Police officers were named in the search warrant inventory form for the 2018 raid.
Three of the four officers who were placed on administrative reassignment following Taylor’s death are on that list: Hankison and Cosgrove, who fired their weapons during the raid on Taylor’s apartment; and Jaynes, who requested the no-knock search warrant.
Only one of the men, Brett Hankison, has since been fired from the LMPD. His termination letter states that he ‘displayed an extreme indifference to human life’ during the raid on Taylor’s home.
Mario Daugherty sued the city of Louisville in October 2019, calling attention to ‘no-knock’ police raid tactics.
Although the warrant used to search his home was not a no-knock, it might as well have been.
Bodycam video of the raid shows that police burst through the front door with a battering ram as they simultaneously shouted ‘Police! Search warrant!’
‘It was just so loud and it just caught everybody off guard nobody knew what was really going on,’ Daugherty told WHAS-TV in June. ‘I thought I was actually ready to be killed that day.’
Bodycam footage shows the raid on the family’s home in October 2018. The family says they were left ‘traumatized’ by the raid and later sued the city. ‘It was just so loud and it just caught everybody off guard nobody knew what was really going on,’ said Daugherty, seen above with Burr.
‘By the time I came through, [Daugherty] was on the floor and I had some kids screaming on the steps and it was just chaos,’ Burr said.
One of Daugherty’s daughters, who was 14 at the time, ran out the back of the house thinking they were being robbed as SWAT members broke through the door.
Officers found her in the alley behind her house, in the rain, and began yelling at her with guns drawn to get on the ground.
The couple filed a lawsuit against Louisville Metro Government and several unnamed officers involved in October 2019, a year after the botched raid on their home.
“We just wanted to get our story out there because we didn’t want this to happen to anybody innocent and anybody innocent’s life to get lost,” Daugherty said.
The city moved to dismiss the case. Five months later, Taylor was killed.
Now, Daugherty says he wishes the city had taken his lawsuit seriously and reformed police raid practices before Taylor’s death.
Daugherty and Burr didn’t realize the overlap in officers until recently, when they were watching the news. They recognized Hankison, looked back at some of the paperwork LMPD had left behind, and noticed two familiar names: Hankison and Cosgrove.
“She looked up at me and started crying,” Daugherty said. “He [Hankison] was here. Two of them was in our home.”
Taylor, a paramedic, was shot eight times after officers used a battering ram to knock down her door while serving a search warrant and returned fire into the apartment after midnight on March 13.
One officer was shot by Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who said he thought an intruder was breaking into the home.
The target of the warrant was an alleged drug dealer named Jamarcus Glover, who was arrested on trafficking charges the same night 10 miles away on a separate warrant. Taylor had a previous relationship with Glover.
Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman who worked as an EMT in Louisville, died in her home that night after she was shot multiple times by cops while asleep in her own bed.
The officers fired indiscriminately into her home, returning fire as Taylor’s boyfriend fired a warning shot believing they were being robbed as police used a battering ram to gain access while executing a ‘No-knock’ search warrant in a drug investigation of her ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover.
Sgt. Johnathan Mattingly, who was shot in the leg by Walker, spoke to Louisville Police internal investigators about two weeks after the raid, and said that police expected Taylor to be alone in the house because Glover was known to be elsewhere.
Mattingly said ahead of the raid officers were told Taylor’s ground floor apartment was a ‘soft target’ and Taylor ‘should be there alone, because they knew where their target was and I guess they thought that he was her only boyfriend or only acquaintance.’
Mattingly told investigators in the interview recording that officers briefed on the raid were told Glover had packages sent to her apartment in her name.
Taylor ‘possibly held dope for him, received the packages and held his money,’ Mattingly said he was told of Taylor’s involvement. No drugs were found at Taylor’s home.
Taylor’s death, along with the in-custody death of George Floyd in Minnesota, set off months of protests, as well as a call for the officers who shot Taylor to be criminally charged.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is currently leading an investigation into Taylor’s death.
Cameron revealed earlier this month that he´s waiting for information on ballistics tests being conducted by the FBI.