Breonna Taylor Investigation

This webpage contains the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) Public Integrity Unit’s (PIU) investigative file into the shootings of Breonna Taylor and LMPD Sgt. John Mattingly. It does not contain any material/documents from Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s or the FBI’s independent investigations into this event; LMPD does not have access to those files. Therefore, there may be additional evidence that was presented to the grand jury or used in the prosecution of Brett Hankison that is not in the PIU file.

Note that this file contains photos, videos, or other information that are disturbing and traumatic, to some individuals. Please take care in reviewing it or sharing this file with others.

This PIU file contains investigative letters, interview transcripts, body camera videos of officers responding to the scene, audio and video files of interviews, search warrants, crime scene unit reports, miscellaneous emails, photos, training and policy materials, personnel files, miscellaneous forms/reports related to the investigations, various court filings, Metro Safe records, jail calls, and other miscellaneous materials.

Some items have been redacted, blurred or withheld for privacy or legal reasons.  These include:

  • Any photos and videos of Ms. Taylor have been blurred out of respect. 
  • Audio of personal conversations officers had while their body cameras were activated and had nothing to do with the scene or case have been redacted.[1] 
  • Photos of Sgt. Mattingly at the hospital have been withheld. 
  • Medical records and health information of both Ms. Taylor and Sgt. Mattingly are withheld for privacy reasons; these only consist of EMS patient care reports for each of them, and some medical records attached to Dr. William Smock’s clinical forensic examination report of Sgt. Mattingly. 
  • Birthdates, Social Security numbers, addresses, places of employment, and phone numbers of individuals have been redacted to protect their privacy.[2] 
  • The names of individuals mentioned or interviewed that have not previously been identified in the public domain have been redacted to protect their privacy. 
  • Identifying information of vehicles, when mentioned directly in association with specific officers, has been redacted to protect their privacy.
  • There are eight cell phone extraction reports that are not being produced. An extraction report includes all the information contained in a cell phone, which is very personal information. For the safety and security of the owners of the phones and those they communicate with who also have identifying information on the phones, we are not producing these reports. The extraction reports are from phones seized from the following persons: Alicia Jones, Demarius Bowman, Jamarcus Glover (2 phones), Rayshawn Lee, Kenneth Walker, Breonna Taylor (2 phones). 
  • Autopsy photos of Ms. Taylor are withheld. 
  • Two search warrants that, as of September 29 are still sealed in the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, cannot be produced until a court orders them unsealed. 
  • Intelligence work-up reports provided by the LMPD Real Time Crime Center for both Breonna Taylor and Kenneth Walker are being withheld as confidential intelligence information, the disclosure of which is confidential pursuant to federal law.[3]
  • We are not publishing a Scene Scan and pole camera video. Not only are we technologically unable to post them online, they each contain personal information. 

Transparency and public access to all available information is critical to ensure accountability, and to help us get closer to the truth in this case. Once again, please note that the information contained in this file is traumatic, and those reviewing the file should be sensitive to that fact when sharing with the public.  This information is now under review by the LMPD Professional Standards Unit to help determine if any disciplinary actions for the officers involved are appropriate.


[1] This is exempt from disclosure under the Open Records Act pursuant to KRS 61.878(1)(p), as it is a purely personal communication unrelated to any governmental function.

[2] KRS 61.878(1)(a) exempts from disclosure under the Open Records Act information that, if disclosed, would create an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. Any further reference to redactions for personal privacy /concerns is also made pursuant to this law and/or HIPAA. 

[3] 28 CFR Part 23, incorporated into the Open Records Act by KRS 61.878(1)(k).