Kentucky Authorities Offered Leniency to Breonna Taylor’s Ex if He Would Implicate Her in Drug Crimes
They’re trying to “paint a picture of her which was vastly different than the woman she truly was,” says lawyer. Kentucky authorities’ defense for fatally shooting Breonna Taylor in a late-night raid for nonexistent drugs and drug money has always turned on the idea that Taylor—a 26-year-old emergency room technician who lived with her sister—was part of her ex-boyfriend’s alleged drug scheme. Now, new documents show how far they were willing to go to manufacture evidence for this narrative.
“On Tuesday, we were told Breonna Taylor’s ex-boyfriend Jamarcus Glover was offered a plea deal, which would have required him to say that Taylor was part of his drug operation,” Vice news correspondent Roberto Aram Ferdman noted yesterday, adding that “the family’s attorney shared a picture of a plea deal that appears to show it is true.”
To accept the deal, Glover would have had to sign a statement saying that Taylor was among several others who helped him in an “organized crime syndicate” as he “trafficked large amounts of Crack cocaine, methamphetamine, and opiates” in the Louisville area and sold it “from abandoned or vacant homes.”
If he agreed, the Jefferson County Office of the Commonwealth’s Attorney was willing to shrink his possible 10-year prison sentence to only probation.
According to the family’s lawyer, he only has this photo, which was shared w/ him. The others listed in the document were all arrested on 3/13. Unclear why Breonna Taylor is included as a member of Glover’s “organized crime syndicate,” but… easy to see why they would want that
— Roberto Aram Ferdman (@robferdman) August 31, 2020
Even if Taylor had been part of this supposed “crime syndicate,” it wouldn’t justify what police did here, of course. They were still trigger-happy goons who did a middle-of-the-night raid, without announcing themselves clearly, as part of an unwinnable but endlessly violent, discriminatory, and abusive war on drugs that makes everyone less safe and routinely leads to avoidable tragedies like these.
But their actions are all the more appalling when you consider the weakness of their evidence that anything illegal was at Taylor’s house. In fact, they raided the home and killed Taylor as she had been disentangling herself from Glover, trying to move on from their relationship and whatever tangential involvement in his activities it may have brought.
But police and county authorities wouldn’t let her. They were insistent on casting the net as wide as possible and taking Taylor down with Glover—at any cost, apparently. And now that Taylor can’t defend hers
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