LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Nearly three months after Louisville Metro Police officers fatally shot Breonna Taylor in her apartment, the department released the incident report from that night.
It is almost entirely blank.
The four-page report lists the time, date, case number, incident location and the victim's name – Breonna Shaquille Taylor – as well as the fact that she was a 26-year-old black female.
The report redacts Taylor's street number, apartment number and date of birth – all of which have been widely reported.
It lists her injuries as "none," even though she was shot at least eight times and died on her hallway floor in a pool of blood, according to attorneys for her family.
It lists the charges as "death investigation – LMPD involved" but checks the "no" box under "forced entry," even though officers used a battering ram to knock in Taylor's apartment door.
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It lists under the "Offenders" portion of the report the three officers who fired in Taylor's apartment: Sgt. Jon Mattingly, 47; Myles Cosgrove, 42; and Brett Hankison, 44.
The "narrative" of events March 13 says only "PIU investigation." The rest of the report has no information filled in at all.
The police department acknowledged errors in the report that it said were the result of the reporting program creating a paper file.
"Inaccuracies in the report are unacceptable to us, and we are taking immediate steps to correct the report and to ensure the accuracy of incident reports going forward," a statement said.
Mayor Greg Fischer issued a statement Wednesday night calling the report "unacceptable."
"Full stop. It’s issues like this that erode public confidence in LMPD’s ability to do its job, and that’s why I’ve ordered an external top-to-bottom review of the department," he said. "I am sorry for the additional pain to the Taylor family and our community."
Taylor was at her apartment around 12:40 a.m. local time when the three plainclothes officers used a no-knock search warrant signed by District Judge Mary Shaw to enter her home as part of a narcotics investigation.
Officers said they announced their presence, but Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, and several neighbors said they did not. Walker said he thought intruders were trying to break in and fired a shot that struck Mattingly in the leg.
Mattingly, Hankison and Cosgrove are on administrative reassignment pending the investigation. The detective who requested the warrant, Joshua Jaynes, was also reassigned, LMPD announced Wednesday.
“This document is proof that LMPD continues to make a mockery of transparency,” said Jon Fleischaker, counsel for the Louisville Courier Journal of the USA TODAY Network and one of the principal authors of the state’s open records law that requires the release of public documents in all but extremely rare circumstances.
“Under the Fischer administration, there has been a consistent policy and practice of refusing to tell the public what is going on with the police, regardless of how inappropriate the officer conduct has been," Fleischaker said.
Fleischaker said city leaders "are refusing to honor their obligations to disclose the basic information necessary for the citizens of Louisville to have a meaningful debate about what needs to change."
"How can we even seriously debate police reform if the police won’t engage and the mayor won’t stand up to them?" he said.
The Courier Journal sued LMPD, seeking the immediate release of the department's investigative file in Taylor's shooting.
Police refused to release the file, saying it is an ongoing investigation.
The Courier Journal filed an appeal with the state attorney general’s office in May to object to open records decisions Louisville public agencies made refusing to release records underlying the Taylor case, including the incident report, 911 calls made in the incident and Taylor's autopsy report.
The city has since released Walker's 911 call – but only after an attorney for Taylor's family gave it to news media hours earlier.
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This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Breonna Taylor case: Louisville police incident report nearly blank