Sunday, 30 August 2020

'You can't justify it when she's innocent': Breonna Taylor's ex-boyfriend says she had no connection to illegal drug activity and claims cops used false information to obtain search warrant that led to her death

Breonna Taylor's ex-boyfriend, who cops were looking for the night they shot the EMT dead in the botched no-knock raid, says she had no connection to illegal drug activity and claims police had used false information to obtain a search warrant. 
Taylor, 26, was shot eight times on March 13 when three plain clothes officers barged into the Louisville apartment she shared with her boyfriend Kenneth Walker during a a drug investigation. 
Officers had been searching for convicted drug dealer Jamarcus Glover, who they believed may have been keeping drugs or money at the home. 
However, no drugs or cash were found at Taylor's apartment and Glover had already been arrested 10 miles away and taken into police custody before the raid at her address.  
'The police are trying to make it out to be my fault and turning the whole community out here, making it look like I brought this to Breonna's door,' Glover told The Courier-Journal on Wednesday. 
'There was nothing never there or anything ever there, and at the end of the day, they went about it the wrong way and lied on that search warrant and shot that girl out there,' he added. 
Glover, 30, was arrested again on Thursday, hours after his interview with the Journal, on charges including trafficking a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to WDRB
EMT Taylor, 26, was shot eight times while sleeping in her bed with her boyfriend Kenneth Walker when three plain clothes officers performed a no-knock arrest warrant at her Louisville apartment on March 13
EMT Taylor, 26, was shot eight times while sleeping in her bed with her boyfriend Kenneth Walker when three plain clothes officers performed a no-knock arrest warrant at her Louisville apartment on March 13 
Breonna Taylor
Breonna Taylor
Leaked documents this week revealed Taylor's (pictured) ex Glover had mail sent to her address and he gave her phone number as his own
Judge calls Breonna Taylor's ex, Jamarcus Glover, a 'flight risk'
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His arrest came as leaked police documents revealed he had mail sent to Taylor's address and gave her phone number as his own in the run-up to her death.  
Glover denied Taylor was involved in any illegal drug activity and said he had been using her addresses for deliveries because he didn't want them to get stolen. 
'Nothing ever been illegal there,' he told the paper. 'Getting shoes and clothes coming through the mail is not illegal. Nothing illegal at all.' 
Taylor's name is only mentioned twice in the search warrant affidavit, once in reference to her address, and a second time regarding a car which police said belonged to her that was once spotted outside Glover's alleged drug house, according to the news outlet.
Officers had requested a search warrant at Taylor's home, claiming they had spotted Glover leaving the apartment with a 'suspected USPS package in his right hand.' 
They also claimed they verified through a 'US Postal Inspector' that Glover was using her address to receive packages however, a postal inspector later denied police had used his office for that information, the Courier-Journal reported. 
Photos from Taylor's apartment shows how bullet holes riddled the building in the exchange of fire
Photos from Taylor's apartment shows how bullet holes riddled the building in the exchange of fire 
The three officers in the case - Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Officers Brett Hankinson and Myles Cosgrove (left to right) - have not been charged in the shooting. No drugs or cash were discovered at Taylor's home and Glover had already been arrested at his home 10 miles away before the raid despite cops seeking him in the raid at Taylor's home
The three officers in the case - Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Officers Brett Hankinson and Myles Cosgrove (left to right) - have not been charged in the shooting. No drugs or cash were discovered at Taylor's home and Glover had already been arrested at his home 10 miles away before the raid despite cops seeking him in the raid at Taylor's home
Glover was arrested the night Taylor died but was later released on bail. 
He was arrested and booked into police custody at 11.32am Thursday, Louisville Metro jail records show, after he failed to pay bail on separate drug offenses last month. 
Glover, who has been booked on drug charges multiple times since 2008, admitted he had sold drugs in the past, but said he was 'not part of it' anymore.  
 'I'm taking everything to trial, and I'm going to put everything on the line because [police] foul,' Glover told the paper. 
'They got every excuse of why they done what they done, but none justifies murder. You can't justify it when [Breonna's] innocent.'
Outrage continues to build across America over Taylor's death as - five months on from her slaying - the three cops continue to walk free of all charges.       
On July 21, a grand jury indicted Glover on several drugs charges in connection with two 2019 criminal cases and his bond was increased to $50,000.
The charges included complicity possession of a controlled substance for cocaine and heroin, complicity trafficking in marijuana, complicity tampering with physical evidence and complicity to trafficking cocaine. 
Glover failed to pay the bond within the required three days and two bench warrants were issued for his arrest on July 27.
Drug dealer Glover was one of the targets of the bungled swoop at Taylor's home, with police saying they believed he could have been keeping drugs or money at her home. Pictured Taylor
Drug dealer Glover was one of the targets of the bungled swoop at Taylor's home, with police saying they believed he could have been keeping drugs or money at her home. Pictured Taylor
Police release blank police report on Breonna Taylor
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On Wednesday, Glover's lawyer said he didn't know where his client was after the drug dealer skipped a recent court appearance. 
His bond remains set at $50,000.   
Glover's arrest comes as new details have emerged about the evidence officers presented to get the warrant to raid hardworking EMT Taylor's home.
Thirty-nine pages of leaked documents, obatined by WAVE 3 News, revealed Taylor's ex-boyfriend had his bank account registered to her address, gave her phone number as his own and allegedly borrowed a car hired under her name that would later be connected to a murder investigation of one of his associates. 
The report was written by an investigator in the Place Based Investigation team which was working on the drugs case against Glover - but which is not part of the probe into Taylor's death.  
On February 14, just one month before Taylor died, Glover passed off Taylor's phone number as his own when he tried to file a complaint against a cop for towing his car, the report reveals.  
In the following 10 days, investigators verified that Glover was also using Taylor's home address - 3003 Springfield Drive - and that her property was listed as the mailing address for his Chase Bank account, it shows.

Mail addressed to Glover was reportedly seized from Taylor's apartment in the aftermath of her shooting.  
The report also documents a series of prison phone call transcripts between Glover and Taylor, when the convicted drug dealer was behind bars.
In one conversation on January 3, Glover asked Taylor if she had talked to 'Doug', identified as Adrian Walker.
'You talk to Doug?' Glover asked Taylor.
'Yeah, I did,' Taylor responded, Wave reported. 'He said he was already back at the trap.'
Adrian Walker, 27, was the second suspect alongside Glover sought by police in the raid at Taylor's home. 
Anger over her death was ignited further following the death of black man George Floyd in Minneapolis on Memorial Day at the hands of a white cop
Anger over her death was ignited further following the death of black man George Floyd in Minneapolis on Memorial Day at the hands of a white cop
Protesters demand justice for Taylor (above). Taylor's death has sparked outrage across America as five months on none of the three cops involved have been charged with murder
Protesters demand justice for Taylor (above). Taylor's death has sparked outrage across America as five months on none of the three cops involved have been charged with murder
He was also not present at the property when police broke in.    
Two hours later, Glover and Taylor spoke again on the phone where he thanked her for checking on him, to which she allegedly responded:  'When you're around I stress more... I just always be worried about you... not like you and b****, but just period with the police, like all kind of s***.'
In another call that day the two said they loved each other.  
Between January 2016 and January 2020, Glover called Taylor 26 times from jail, the records state. 
The report also states that on January 2, the day before these calls were made and when Glover was not in police custody, he pulled up to 'trap house' 2424 Elliott Avenue driving Taylor's car. 
Taylor was allegedly spotted on surveillance visiting the home on occasion.
Glover's vehicle - a red Dodge Charger - also made six trips to Taylor's home in January where he was sometimes pictured collecting packages, the report says.  
The documents also allege in 2016 a vehicle rented under Taylor's name was found with a dead body inside. 
The deceased was Fernandez Bowman - brother of Damarius Bowman, a known associate of Glover's who has been arrested with him on several occasions, they state.
Taylor told cops at the time she didn't know the victim and had let Glover - who was present at her home when officers arrived to question her - use the vehicle after dating him for several months. 
The report says she gave cops her phone number - the same number Glover later claimed was his in February this year. 
The documents also state Glover claimed in a jailhouse phone call to the mother of his child just hours after Taylor's slaying that the EMT had $8,000 of his money. 
'Bre got down like $15 (grand), she had the $8 (grand) I gave her the other day and she picked up another $6 (grand),' he said on March 13, according to the documents. 
He then claimed: 'Bre been handling all my money, she been handling my mone ... She been handling s*** for me and cuz, it ain't just me.'
Three months later on April 24, the dealer also told the woman cops 'took my car' and found Taylor's address on a bank statement in the armrest.
'Boom it got Bre's address on there,' he said. 
Attorneys for Taylor's family blasted investigators for withholding the report, saying they only learned of its existence after its leak to the press. 
'It's unfortunate that the city did not provide LMPD's post-death report and that we only learned of it until it was leaked to the media,' Sam Aguiar told WAVE 3 News on Wednesday.
'Either way, it doesn't change whether she should've been killed or the unlawful actions surrounding her killing.' 
He added: 'Good or bad, either way, everyone has the right to know all the facts in association in the case.' 
Sadiqa Reynolds, the CEO of the Louisville Urban League, questioned the motive behind the report's release.  
'I think that whoever leaked that report wants to say, "See, this is why. Now you understand why we did this,"' Reynolds said at a press conference Wednesday.
'What we want to say back is it doesn't justify her death.'  
Taylor was sleeping in bed when three cops - Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Officers Brett Hankinson and Myles Cosgrove - burst into her home after midnight on March 13. 
Her boyfriend Kenneth Walker, a licensed firearm carrier, thought robbers were entering the home and opened fire, hitting one officer in the leg in self-defense. 
The cops responded by firing more than 20 rounds into the apartment, striking and killing Taylor. 
The officers claim they identified themselves as police upon arrival at the property but Walker and Taylor's family have disputed this.
The cops were not wearing bodycameras at the time.  

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