Saturday, January 21, 2023

GOP women's group "showed footage of fatal Breonna Taylor raid at restaurant event"


The Republican Women’s Club of South Central Kentucky held a dinner event Tuesday at [a Greek restaurant] in Bowling Green, Ky., for ... a former sergeant with the Louisville Metro Police Department who was among the officers who conducted the botched no-knock raid at Taylor’s Louisville apartment in search of her ex-boyfriend. [The former sergeant], who was one of the officers who fired into the 26-year-old Black woman’s apartment the night she died, was cleared of wrongdoing in an internal police investigation and retired in 2021 to become a conservative author and pundit.

...a Bowling Green resident who was dining at [the restaurant] on Tuesday, told The Washington Post that after [the former sergeant] was introduced with “raucous applause” from the event’s attendees one floor above them, the former sergeant played a presentation featuring footage and images of the night Taylor was killed. After the lights were dimmed in the restaurant, diners who were not affiliated with the event could hear and see the graphic descriptions of Taylor’s killing, [the resident] said.

“You could hear the gunshots in the footage” 

Courier Journal:

The event was initially scheduled to take place at the Bowling Green Country Club in conjunction with an appearance by [the] Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner ..., a 2023 gubernatorial candidate in the Republican primary. [He] canceled his appearance ahead of time, citing “the controversial nature of another speaker at this event,” and the country club told The Courier Journal it "made the decision to cancel the dinner event upon being made aware of the invited guest speaker."