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Monday, September 28, 2020

(A) Kentucky State Police ballistics report, first shared by Vice News on Friday, doesn't rule out the possibility that Officer John Mattingly, one of three officers who shot into Taylor's home, had been shot by "friendly fire" - which AG Daniel Cameron had claimed earlier this week. (T)he ballistics report from Kentucky police says the bullet that hit Mattingly "was neither identified nor eliminated as having been fired" from Walker's gun.

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Cameron said three plainclothes officers shot more than 30 rounds into Taylor's home while serving a no-knock warrant in March because Kenneth Walker, Taylor's boyfriend, first shot Mattingly in the thigh. But the ballistics report from Kentucky police says the bullet that hit Mattingly "was neither identified nor eliminated as having been fired" from Walker's gun.

Still, on Wednesday, Cameron claimed he was certain Hankinson didn't shoot Mattingly because all three officers were carrying .40 caliber handguns and the bullet that hit Mattingly came from a 9mm.

One of Walker's attorneys, Steve Romines, has refuted Cameron's allegation on television and online, saying Hankinson's file shows he was administered a 9mm handgun.

The local Courier-Journal reports it has not received a response to its open records request for Hankinson's file.

Of course the AG and Louisville PD wouldn't lie to their constituencies, would they?

Before this is over, there's going to be both police and government officials heading to jail once the dam of lies and cover ups finally breaks. The visible cracks have formed already.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-09-28 02:21 PM | Reply

So, what's changed? That we now know that Hankinson had been previously issued a 9mm handgun?

It could mean they are lying and that Hankinson had shot Mattingly with his gun.

But does it change the fact that Walker did have a 9mm gun and that he shot it at the officers? That's not being challenged, right?

The AG is claiming all officers were carrying .40 caliber handguns....that is either true or not. the fact that Hankinson has been issued a 9mm doesn't necessarily contradict what Cameron is asserting.

Of course, I'm sure Tony has spent way more time on this that I ever will so I could be massively wrong.

#2 | Posted by eberly at 2020-09-28 02:36 PM | Reply

But does it change the fact that Walker did have a 9mm gun and that he shot it at the officers?

Walker has consistently claimed that he fired a single warning shot, not that he "fired AT the officers." And with the fact that other officers were firing wildly into adjoining apartments, it doesn't take a huge leap to question who may have shot the cop. And of course, the police have the round and the guns - if it came from Walker's gun they would have rushed to the podiums saying so, at least it seems that way to me.

And no, I've truly not spent any time looking into the details of this shooting. The story jumped out at me because it placed the AG's story in complete dispute when compared to that of the Kentucky State Police.

#3 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-09-28 02:46 PM | Reply

3

understood. thanks

#4 | Posted by eberly at 2020-09-28 03:00 PM | Reply

I'm not so sure this matters other than as a potential coverup attempt, which doesn't bode well when the original warrant application is being brought into question regarding its legitimacy (i.e., falsified corroboration that Taylor was receiving USPS packages from the suspect that was already in custody at the time of the raid).

Ultimately, the law says police can return fire when they feel threatened. A warning shot is a threat, which means the police were in their right to use lethal force as a response.

If anything, this really just goes to show how haphazardly Kentucky law enforcement execute their roles and responsibility. Simply underscores that drastic need for improved training and heightened oversight.

#5 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-09-28 03:49 PM | Reply

"Ultimately, the law says police can return fire when they feel threatened."

They didn't exactly return fire though.
They fired blindly.
Not the same thing.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-09-28 03:52 PM | Reply

The story jumped out at me because it placed the AG's story in complete dispute when compared to that of the Kentucky State Police.

#3 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-09-28 02:46 PM | Reply | Flag

Also the ONE person who said he heard the police announce themselves had said in an interview right after the shooting that they did not announce themselves. Another 11 neighbors have said they did not hear the police announce themselves.

#7 | Posted by Nixon at 2020-09-28 03:55 PM | Reply

"...the ONE person who said he heard the police announce themselves had said in an interview right after the shooting that they did not announce themselves."

Yikes!

I'd be surprised if at least a half-dozen journalists weren't pursuing that angle.

#8 | Posted by Danforth at 2020-09-28 03:58 PM | Reply

Why would police even bother to announce themselves when No-Knock Raids have been legal since the 70s (or was it the 60s)?
Is there some Kentucky law which supersedes Federal law?

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-09-28 03:58 PM | Reply

Not the same thing.
#6 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

One fired blindly. Good luck proving the other officers did not see what they claimed to have seen. Which, truly, is just another justifiable argument for universal body cams on all law enforcement.

Have you seen the new drone-cam available through Ring security systems? The fnkning thing flies around your house at night. Why in the hell don't they have something similar for these types of raids?

#10 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-09-28 03:59 PM | Reply

Also the ONE person who said he heard the police announce themselves had said in an interview right after the shooting that they did not announce themselves. Another 11 neighbors have said they did not hear the police announce themselves.
#7 | POSTED BY NIXON

IIRC, it was the individual's third statement in general (official one for police) that he made the claim that the officers announced themselves. The first two statements were in opposition to the above.

Add that to the falsified warrant application allegation and this whole thing turns out to get dirtier and dirtier for those in charge.

#11 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-09-28 04:00 PM | Reply

Is there some Kentucky law which supersedes Federal law?
#9 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

The warrant was for a no-knock raid, but for some reason, the officers chose to announce themselves at the last minute, I guess. At least that's their contention, one that just so happens to not lineup with witness accounts.

#12 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2020-09-28 04:02 PM | Reply

"The warrant was for a no-knock raid, but for some reason, the officers chose to announce themselves at the last minute, I guess. At least that's their contention"

(sniff, sniff)

Doesn't pass the test.

#13 | Posted by Danforth at 2020-09-28 04:03 PM | Reply

Too bad Rittenhouse wasn't sleeping over that night.

#14 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2020-09-28 06:27 PM | Reply

Have you seen the new drone-cam available through Ring security systems? The fnkning thing flies around your house at night. Why in the hell don't they have something similar for these types of raids?
#10 | POSTED BYRSTYBEACH11

Because there is no business case for spending money on drones when cops have qualified immunity for most every mistake they make.

Defunding the police isn't enough.

We have to De-Thug the police.

The police literally think we're sheep. Just ask them.

I know I don't have to tell you the problems with the attitude that your customers are sheep.

#15 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-09-28 07:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Its pretty clear why this was a twelve million dollar screw-up, huh?

Anyone here ever make a twelve million dollar mistake and still keep their job?

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-09-28 07:34 PM | Reply

The police literally think we're sheep. Just ask them.

I'd wager the police aren't too concerned about the Snoofies of the world. The few times they venture out into the real world to attempt and apply their online rhetoric and sentiments they get offed by chubby 17 year olds with ----------.

Let mom keep making her special genius-child Hot-Pockets until he "figures things out"

We need you here.

#17 | Posted by Mao_Content at 2020-09-28 08:04 PM | Reply

"I'd wager the police aren't too concerned about the Snoofies of the world."

I'm the poster boy for White Privilege.

The police would surely run me through the drive-thru after I gunned down some undesirables in a black church.

Just one look at my blue eyes lets them know: I've got those good genes Trump waa talking about.

#18 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-09-28 08:34 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

What dollar amount of bull ----- could you let spoil or otherwise go to waste and still keep your job, Maonica?

Have you even handled a combined total of twelve million dollars worth of bull ----- in your illustrious career?

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-09-28 08:38 PM | Reply

You keep Mom out of this, Snoofles.

She makes you Hot Pockets.

#20 | Posted by Mao_Content at 2020-09-28 08:42 PM | Reply

Do they not even let you handle the -----?

#21 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-09-28 09:06 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Well, this cover up has come unraveled in record time.

Grand Juror in Breonna Taylor Case Says Deliberations Were Misrepresented

A juror in the Breonna Taylor case contends that the Kentucky attorney general misrepresented the grand jury's deliberations and failed to offer the panel the option of indicting the two officers who fatally shot the young woman, according to the juror's lawyer.

Quelle surprise.

#22 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-09-29 05:19 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Wait until the grand jury tapes are released.

It's going to be explosive.

And now a juror wants to speak out.

Stand by to stand by.

#23 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-09-29 10:48 AM | Reply

Just one look at my blue eyes lets them know: I've got those good genes Trump waa talking about.

#18 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

Are those the same genes that Hitler favored? You are so lucky!!!

You should be one proud boy. Do the boogaloo!!
You won the sperm lotto!

Go to the head of the class. And collect your $200 and white privilege.

#24 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-09-29 10:53 AM | Reply

"failed to offer the panel the option of indicting the two officers who fatally shot the young woman"

^
The DA let Breonna's killers walk.

Everyone here read "To Kill A Mockingbird" in grade school.

This is why.

#25 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-09-29 02:01 PM | Reply

Boo Radley killed Breonna Taylor?!?

#26 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2020-09-30 11:38 AM | Reply

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