Louisville Judge Blocks City Efforts To Withhold Officers’ Personal Cell Phones In Breonna Taylor Raid | In depth


LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – A judge has dismissed the city’s attempt to block the release of personal data from the cell phones of some of the Louisville subway police officers who were involved in the raid on the apartment in Breonna Taylor.

Lawyer Steve Romines, who represents Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s former boyfriend, argued in a recent court hearing that officers admitted to using their home phones for work and he believes that ” there is a conspiracy in this case “among the police involved in the planning and execution of the raid. .

Last month, Romines and co-counsel Fred Moore asked Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Brian Edwards to order the production of telephone data for agents Myles Cosgrove, Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, Joshua Jaynes and Wes Barton for the hours surrounding the March 13, 2020 raid.

LMPD has denied having the information, although Romines and Moore filed documents showing the Kentucky attorney general’s office, which took the case to a grand jury, turned the evidence over to police after the investigation was completed .

In addition, Walker’s lawyers have asked the judge to allow them to subpoena the telephone tapes of officers Michael Nobles and Tony James.

The city has repeatedly asked the judge to quash a subpoena for the phones, calling it an “insidious invasion of privacy.”

“There is nothing more private … than the content of our cell phones,” a city lawyer told Judge Brian Edwards earlier this month.

On July 14, Edwards rejected the city’s argument to quash the subppena and ordered the Metro government to “make all reasonable efforts to procure and produce the items requested.”

The city filed a motion on Wednesday asking the judge to reconsider his order, arguing that Walker’s lawyers had failed to prove there was any relevant information in the phone’s data and called it a “fishing expedition.” .

“Giving the plaintiff a 24-hour window into the personal lives of (the officers) without any indication of relevant evidence is highly unreasonable,” wrote Jefferson County Assistant District Attorney Peter Ervin.

The city has indicated it will appeal to a higher court if Edwards does not change his mind.

Walker’s lawyers have argued that his cell phone was immediately taken by police on the night of the shooting.

“Confidentiality apparently only goes one way,” Romines said in a court hearing on July 13.

When police broke into Taylor’s home on March 13, 2020, Walker said he believed they were being robbed and fired a shot, hitting Sgt. Mattingly in the leg.

Police retaliated, shooting and killing Taylor in an undercover raid on his Springfield Drive apartment as part of a series of raids elsewhere that targeted drug trafficking.

No drugs or money were found at her home.

Walker was charged with the attempted murder of an officer, but Jefferson Commonwealth attorney Tom Wine later dismissed the charge.

Walker’s lawyers filed a complaint in September, arguing that police “threatened Kenny’s life, illegally detained him, interrogated him under false pretenses” and inappropriately arrested and jailed him, between other allegations.

Hankison was the only officer charged in the raid, charged with three counts of endangerment without cause for shooting at a nearby apartment, showing “extreme indifference to human life” to three people inside, said concluded a grand jury on September 23. He pleaded. not guilty and the case is pending.

No officer has been charged in Taylor’s death. Taylor was killed by one of Cosgrove’s bullets, according to FBI ballistic findings released by Cameron.

Retail Jaynes was fired for lying in a search warrant used to search Taylor’s home.

Officer James did not activate his body camera, police said. Photos of Cosgrove show him carrying a mounting bracket for a body camera but the camera is not attached.

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