Breonna Taylor has certainly been a thorn in the side of authorities in Louisville, Kentucky. It appears that rather than filing charges against the officers that illegally entered her home and shot her to death in her sleep, the preferred course is to slander her and somehow justify killing her while she slept.
Jamarcus Glover, who was the focus of a series of Louisville police raids, including the one in which officers shot and killed Breonna Taylor, was offered a plea deal in July if he would “confess” that Taylor was a member of his “organized crime syndicate,” records show.
As part of the July 13 offer, Glover was to say that through April 22 he and several “co-defendants,” including Taylor, engaged in organized crime by trafficking large amounts of drugs into the local community.
Glover, who himself is a convicted felon with a history of drug trafficking, turned down the plea offer from the Jefferson Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office. Glover is facing a possible 10-year prison sentence on charges of criminal syndication, drug trafficking, and gun charges.
If he accepted the plea that was offered in July, Glover could have been released on probation instead of serving up to 10 years of prison time.
If that wasn’t enough, despite Glover turning down the offer (bribe) to smear Taylor, a Commonwealth Attorney, Tom Wine decided to try out the “court of popular opinion” and feed the media unsubstantiated claims about Taylor being “implicated” by Glover in jailhouse phone calls.
To add insult to injury, WIne then tried to act like some sort of “hero” by stating that he had Taylor’s name removed from being a negotiating point for Glover’s plea.
“When I was advised of the discussions, out of respect for Ms. Taylor, I directed that Ms. Breonna Taylor’s name be removed. The final plea sheet provided to Mr. Glover’s counsel is attached and clearly does not include Ms. Taylor as a co-defendant,” he said.
Wine said in a statement that the offer that included Breonna Taylor was a “draft” and part of negotiations with Glover and his lawyer. (note: all plea offers are considered a “draft” until the defendant and prosecuting attorneys sign off on it)
Attorney Sam Aguiar, who represents Taylor’s family in a wrongful death lawsuit, says the attempt shows “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.”
Groups like Black Lives Matter have been protesting in part because no one has been charged in Taylor’s death months after the tragic night when she was killed in her sleep. So far, their calls have seemingly fallen on deaf ears.