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A bust created in honor of slain Louisville resident Breonna Taylor was smashed and vandalized, presumably by Black Lives Matter protesters, in downtown Oakland, California over the weekend.

Police are investigating the act of vandalism and vowed to get even with whoever smashed the bust in protest of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was shot to death by three undercover cops who served a wrong house warrant on Taylor's Louisville apartment in March.

The ceramic bust, installed 2 weeks ago, was painted brown and featured the words "Say Her Name Breonna Taylor."

The artist, Leo Carson, expressed his disappointment and said the vandalism felt like a personal attack on himself and Taylor.

"At first I was stunned and shocked and hurt and angry," said Carson, an unemployed waiter. "Just a whole flood of emotions. It felt like I was personally attacked and also they attacked Breonna Taylor and the BLM movement."

Carson, who was among those demonstrating in the streets prior to the November 3 presidential elections, spent the next 6 weeks creating the sculpture.

"I was able to take that time and practice and training I have as an artist and put that into service of something much bigger than myself that's happening," Carson said.

Carson created a GoFundMe page to help defray the cost of repairing the bust.

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A Black Lives Matter activist who led protests calling for justice for Breonna Taylor was, ironically, shot and killed during a carjacking, his mother confirmed.

Hamza "Travis" Nagdy, 21, was shot and killed during a carjacking near the University of Louisville campus before 12:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 23, Louisville police say.

In her Facebook post, Nagdy's mother, Christine Muimneach, said that her "Beautiful and intelligent son" had been killed in a carjacking.

About 100 mourners attended a candlelight vigil for Nagdy in Jefferson Square Park on Monday night.

Nagdy led protests for Taylor with his familiar red and white megaphone, calling for police reform and to defund the police.

Taylor was shot and killed by police during a botched raid in March.

Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer, who reached a multimillion dollar settlement with the city, paid tribute to Nagdy on Facebook.

"It's somethings I will never understand it's also somethings, I know I'm not suppose to question but I need clarity about 2020," she wrote. "RIP Travis you were amazing and I was honored to have you standing for Bre... Another beautiful soul lost as we continue to fight for justice!!"

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State Rep. Charles Booker, a Democrat, tweeted: "We've suffered a great loss. Travis Nagdy, a young leader committed to the fight for justice, is gone. As we marched for Breonna Taylor, it was often Travis and his megaphone leading the way. A bullet took his breath, but we still hear his voice. Rest in Power, young Brother."

Black and brown men who are killed by Black men are given low priority by Black Lives Matter, a far left organization that stages political protests when Black men are killed by white police.

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Incoming Congresswoman Cori Bush, RN, was surprised when Republicans on Capitol Hill mistakenly referred to her as "Breonna Taylor."

Bush said Republican lawmakers repeatedly addressed her as "Breonna Taylor" during her first day on the Hill when congressional lawmakers met their newly-elected colleagues for the first time.

She was surprised to learn that her fellow lawmakers didn't know who Breonna Taylor was.

Taylor died in her Louisville home in March during a botched raid by three undercover police officers who were searching for a drug suspect.

Bush, who is Black, said she was hurt that some of her white colleagues in Congress had never heard of Breonna Taylor -- despite violent protests that dominated the news cycle every day over the summer.

"To arrive at Congress to find out that several Republican colleagues do not know her name is not only shocking, but incredibly hurtful," she said.

"I didn't hear it once; I didn't hear it twice, I heard it several times," Bush told NBC News on Friday.

Bush, a registered nurse, pastor, and activist from St. Louis, Missouri, said lawmakers were confused by her black cloth mask printed with Taylor's name in white letters.

But not everyone is buying that excuse.

"How can anyone mistake anyone who's alive to the late Breonna Taylor," asked Charlamagne tha god on the Breakfast Club morning show.

Bush defeated 20-year incumbent William Lacy Clay in the August Democratic primary. She built a name for herself as a Black Lives Matter activist during the 2014 Ferguson riots.
 

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Breonna Taylor's boyfriend Kenneth Walker implicated her as the shooter when three Louisville cops burst into her apartment to serve a no-knock drug warrant in March.

Police were there serving a no-knock warrant stemming from taped jailhouse conversations between Taylor and her ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, who was the target of a narcotics investigation.

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In one audio of a jailhouse call, Glover tells someone he and Taylor hadn't seen each other in two months.

Walker's words were captured on a police body camera after Taylor was killed in a hail of bullets.

About a minute into the video clip, when an officer asks which one of them fired at cops, Walker says, "It was her. She was scared."

But civil rights attorney Lee Merritt claims Walker misspoke, and that the tape will prove beneficial in a potential federal case against the cops who killed Taylor.

Merritt joined TMZ on "TMZ Live" Thursday to discuss what Walker said to Louisville cops on the scene in the chaotic moments after the deadly raid.

The video footage is part of a cache of documents released by Louisville police on Thursday. The material includes 250 videos, more than 4,000 pages of documents, and photographs that show Taylor and Walker holding an assortment of guns.

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One social media photo that shows Taylor and Walker holding guns is tagged "Partners in Crime."

In one video, Walker repeatedly tells cops he and Taylor didn't know that the invaders breaking into their apartment was police.

Merritt says Walker's words may create some doubt as to who fired the shot that hit Louisville PD officer Jonathan Mattingly in the thigh -- severing an artery.

But he adds the video also shows Walker was very emotional and under intense duress.

Since the night of the raid, Merritt says Walker has insisted he's the one who fired his legally - owned 9mm handgun.

Although the grand jury did not indict any of the officers for killing Taylor ... Merritt says they're still pushing for federal charges against all three cops.
 

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Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron has asked a judge to delay releasing documents in the Breonna Taylor case.

Cameron told the court he needed another week to prepare the transcripts and audio recordings for release.

In a statement, Cameron said he needed time to "redact personal identifiers of any named person, and to redact both names and personal identifiers of any witnesses, including addresses and phone numbers."

Cameron's request comes a day after he agreed to immediately release transcripts and recordings of his instructions to the grand jury.

The attorney general agreed to the judge's order after a male juror filed a motion on Monday demanding the transcript be released to the public.

The unnamed juror filed the motion seeking release of the documents because he believed Cameron misled the public.

A lawyer representing the juror said the grand jury was not given the option of charging Louisville Metro Police Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove.

The 12-member jury was only asked to consider possible charges against Detective Brett Hankison, who was fired in June and was indicted by the grand jury for 3 counts unrelated to Taylor's death.

The juror also took issue with Cameron's assertion that the grand jurors "agreed" with his team's investigation.

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Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron complied with a judge's order to turn over documents presented to the grand jury in the Breonna Taylor murder case.

AG Cameron agreed to the judge's order after a juror filed a motion on Monday demanding the documents be released to the public.

The unnamed juror filed the motion on Monday seeking release of the documents because the juror believes Cameron misled the public when he announced the Grand Jury's decision not to press charges against two of the three cops who fired into Taylor's apartment, killing her in March.

The juror accused Cameron of lying about the evidence that was presented to the Grand Jury. The motion asks the court to release the records "in the interest of justice, transparency, and accountability."

The juror claims Cameron blamed the grand jury for the decision while failing to answer specific questions regarding how the evidence was presented to them.

The juror took issue with Cameron's assertion that the grand jurors "agreed" with his team's investigation.

Legal experts doubted the officers would be charged with murder in Taylor's death because her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired on the police first.

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In related news, Taylor's mother, Tamika Palmer, was heavily criticized after she used a portion of her $12 million settlement with the city to buy a $800,000 mansion and a $200,000 Bentley.

Palmer is pictured with her attorney, Benjamin Crump, who received 30% of the settlement as part of his attorney fees.

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Charles Barkley suggests Breonna Taylor would still be alive if she had better judgment when choosing boyfriends.

The NBA legend faced public backlash on Thursday night when he said on "Inside the NBA" that "we do have to take into account that her boyfriend did shoot at the cops and shot a cop."

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Barkley said Kenneth Walker's alleged drug dealings put Taylor in direct danger. Taylor, 26, was killed on March 13 when three plainclothes police served a no-knock warrant at her apartment looking for an ex-boyfriend, who was already in jail on drug charges.

Walker shot at the intruders, striking one officer in the thigh. The cops returned fire, killing Taylor who was standing in a hallway.

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"So, like I said, even though I'm really sad she lost her life, I don't think this is something we can put in the same situation as George Floyd or Ahmaud Arbery," Barkley said, referring to unarmed Black men who were killed by police in America.

A witness told a Grand Jury this week that the officers identified themselves before taking the apartment door down. But Taylor and Walker, who were in bed when the police beat on their door, probably did not know they were officers.

Twitter users disagreed with Barkley's assessment.

@ItsaLearning tweeted:

"No, #charlesbarkley, he shot at intruders. These intruders, who happened to be Police, did not identify themselves. He had every right to defend himself and Breonna against whoever was breaking into his house unannounced."

And @ChatonsWorld wrote:

"He's misinformed. Her boyfriend shot at intruders. Nobody knew they were the police because they didn't announce themselves. Witnessing what happens when everybody thinks they need to share their opinion..."

Barkley also called for police reforms over defunding the police, since the Black community depends on the police for their safety.

"Who are black people supposed to call Ghost Busters when we have crime in our neighborhood? We need to stop the defund or abolish the police crap," he said.

A Grand Jury returned an indictment against one of the officers, Brett Hankison, who lost his job after the shooting. There were no charges directly related to Taylor's death.

On Thursday, Majic 107.5 host Ryan Cameron took phone calls from outraged listeners in Atlanta, who commented on the Louisville Metro Police Department "losing" the original no-knock warrant that set the tragedy in motion.

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Only one out of three Louisville police officers was charged in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.

The three officers were serving a no-knock drug warrant at Taylor's apartment on March 13 when Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, opened fire on them, hitting one of the cops in the thigh.

The officers returned fire, killing Taylor, who was shot multiple times. The Grand Jury heard from a witness who said the officers announced themselves before breaching the front door and entering the apartment.

They also heard that Taylor was not killed in her bed as was originally reported by the news media. She was standing in a hallway when she was fatally shot 5 times.

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Brett Hankison (pictured left), who was fired in June, was charged with three felony counts of wanton endangerment. Bail was set at $15,000 and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Two other officers involved in the shooting, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly (center) and Detective Myles Cosgrove (right), were justified in their use of force, state Attorney General Daniel Cameron said at a press conference Wednesday.

Louisville police were under a state of emergency before a Grand Jury announced the single indictment on Wednesday.

In anticipation of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's announcement, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer invoked a 72-hour curfew, effective Wednesday night, from 9 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Last week, Fischer announced the city agreed to a $12 million with Taylor's family that included police reforms.

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The city of Louisville has agreed to a $12 million settlement with the family of Breonna Taylor. The settlement was announced on Tuesday.

Taylor, 26, was shot to death by police in her apartment six months ago. The deal will include police reforms including a requirement that commanders approve all search warrants before going before a judge, a source told the Courier Journal.

The news of a settlement comes as a grand jury prepares to review evidence in the case this week.

The largest amount Louisville has ever paid in a settlement was $8.5 million to Edwin Chandler in 2012, the Courier Journal reported.

Chandler was wrongfully imprisoned for more than nine years after Detective Mark Handy perjured himself.

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The family of Breonna Taylor is losing confidence in the Louisville prosecutor's office after news leaked of a plea deal offered to her ex-boyfriend.

The family's attorney Ben Crump appeared on "TMZ Live" Tuesday to discuss the shocking news about local prosecutors trying to smear Breonna by falsely claiming she was a drug trafficker.

Unfounded rumors have spread that Breonna's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, used her apartment as a stash house for drugs. But no drugs were found in her apartment after she was shot multiple times and killed by three undercover police officers in March.

Walker opened fire on the officers - wounding one - when they executed a no-knock search warrant at Breonna's home on March 13. He initially believed the officers were home invaders.

Walker was arrested on attempted murder and drug charges, which were later dropped and he was released.

The plea deal required Walker to implicate Breonna as a willing participant in his drug activities.

Crump says he's not buying prosecutors' claim the plea deal was merely a draft written early on in negotiations. He tells TMZ it's just another piece of evidence that local authorities were trying to cover up Breonna's killing to protect the police.

Crump says the plea deal proves they were out to sully Breonna's character and that her family doubts Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron will seek justice for Breonna.

Crump tells TMZ, Breonna's family is losing faith in the process, because Cameron, a Black Republican, still has not announced charges against the officers involved in Breonna's killing.

Crump insists the family only wants one thing -- equal treatment under the law.

Meanwhile, Walker has filed a lawsuit seeking monetary damages from the City of Louisville and the Louisville Metro Police for assault, battery, false arrest and imprisonment, malicious prosecution, abuse of process and negligence.