As calls to arrest the police officers responsible for the killing of Breonna Taylor continue to grow across the country, the Louisville police department and the city’s prosecutors are doing everything they can to justify the killings to avoid taking accountability for the actions of the officers and the failures of the system.
Breonna Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, was the target of the no-knock raid in which Taylor was killed, and he says that police and prosecutors have attempted to pressure him into falsely testifying that Taylor was a gang member. Glover said that he was offered a plea deal in which he would be promised a lighter sentence if he agreed to claim that Taylor was a criminal who belonged to an “organized crime syndicate.”
Glover turned down the deal, and plead not guilty to drug charges in court last week, according to WDRB. Court records confirm that they did offer a plea deal which included implicating Taylor in his alleged crimes. The deal that he turned down would have reduced a potential 10-year prison sentence down to probation, giving him the possibility of avoiding any additional jail time altogether.
Sam Aguiar, the attorney representing Taylor’s family in a wrongful death lawsuit called the plea deal offer “disgusting.”
“The lengths to which those within the police department and Commonwealth’s Attorney went to after Breonna Taylor’s killing to try and paint a picture of her which was vastly different than the woman she truly was. The fact that they would try to even represent that she was a co-defendant in a criminal case more than a month after she died is absolutely disgusting,” Aguiar said.
Glover says that police mistakenly raided their home and are now doing everything they can to put the blame on the victims.
“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. 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,” Glover told the Courier-Journal.
Glover denies being involved with any type of criminal activity and said that police had no reason to search her home. Glover believes that Taylor’s house may have been targeted because she bailed him out of jail when he was in trouble in the past. Police say that Glover was selling drugs out of a house nearly ten miles away from where the raid occurred, but he has pled not guilty to those charges and claims that the police are mistaken.
Louisville defense attorney Ted Shouse told reporters that the plea deal offer was an act of desperation.
“Because she is destroying them. And they want Jamarcus Glover to do it for them because their efforts have failed. So they offer him a bribe, basically. All you have to do is smear her,” Shouse said.
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