Breonna Taylor’s shooting was reportedly the result of a Louisville police department procedure to clear out a block as part of a significant gentrification plan.
The claims were made by the attorneys representing Taylor’s family.
Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was killed in her home in Louisville by police after they executed a no-knock warrant on March 13 and fired into Taylor’s apartment. An incident report released earlier this month revealed very little information into Taylor’s death. The report listed Taylor’s injuries as “none,” despite shooting her eight times.
In a lawsuit filed last week, lawyers stated plans initiated for a “high investment, high dollar real estate development” for Elliot Avenue. Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, the target of the warrant (which has since disappeared) Jamarcus Cordell Glover rented a home on the avenue — which presented a “roadblock” for the project.
A Louisville Metro Police Department known as the Placed Based Investigations (PBI) was “tasked with focusing on certain areas which needed to be cleared for real estate development projects to proceed.”
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“These networks include crime sites, but also places used by offenders that do not typically come to the attention of police,” the department’s website said. “PBI will collaborate with other government and community partners to identify and eliminate violence facilitators.”
Attorneys further allege that the “large scale projects” to develop west Louisville made by Mayor Greg Fischer have “primarily failed.” Fischer denies the claims made in the lawsuit.
“Those are outrageous allegations without foundation or supporting facts,” a spokesperson for Fischer told WLKY. “They are insulting to the neighborhood members of the Vision Russell initiative and all the people involved in the years of work being done to revitalize the neighborhoods of west Louisville.”