Police Union Prez Says Officers Had been Justified in Breonna Taylor Capturing

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In an exclusive CBS News Interview The other day, Ryan Nichols, president of River City's fraternal police force, stated that he believed officials were entitled to return fire when police officers shot and killed EMT worker Breonna Taylor.

The interview, conducted virtually by Gayle King, co-host of CBS This Morning, was based on the circumstances surrounding the details of the unarmed Taylor who was shot dead in her apartment. Recently, several major jurors have spoken about Kentucky District Attorney Daniel Cameron not setting up the case as he described it at the news conference when it was revealed that none of the police officers would be charged with the actual shooting and killing Taylor .

King says, “You know, of course, every story has two sides. However, it is undisputed that Breonna Taylor is dead. That she was killed in a hail of police shots. … But let's go to Kenneth Walker and his encounter with the police. Thirty-two shots were fired that night after he fired a warning shot without knowing what was going on in his apartment. «

Nichols replies, "So I think the officers were definitely authorized to return the fire."

Nichols had also stated that the shooting was not race based, similar to what one of the police officers involved in the shooting said last week.

The interview, held last Tuesday, was conducted by Good Morning America co-anchor and former soccer star Michael Strahan. Police officer Jonathan Mattingly insists that the botched raid that led to Taylor's death was "not a matter of race".

The case does not appear to have ended as Cameron and an attorney for the former police officer charged for his actions in the raid that killed Breonna Taylor argued Wednesday to prevent investigative material from being released to the public.

You can view the clip below.

WATCH: The President of the Chapter of the Fraternal Order of Police, representing the Louisville Subway Police Department, speaks to @GayleKing about the investigation into Breonna Taylor.

He's also reacting to what Breonna's friend said when police raided her home. pic.twitter.com/eJmVi7EcHl

– CBS this morning (@CBSThisMorning) October 29, 2020