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FBI opens investigation in Breonna Taylor death

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said LMPD handed its investigation findings over to the FBI, Kentucky AG and U.S. attorney.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — FBI Louisville announced it has opened an investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor.

In a tweet, the bureau said Special Agent Robert Brown will be in charge of the investigation.

"The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence and will ensure that the investigation is conducted in a fair, thorough and impartial manner," FBI Louisville tweeted.

The Louisville Metro Police Department gave Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron its investigation file related to Taylor's death Wednesday, and was sending its findings to the FBI and U.S. Attorney as well.

Mayor Greg Fischer said LMPD's Public Integrity Unit would follow up on any additional requests.

"As I have said previously, my only goal is to get the truth, and we will continue to work with these external agencies, as well as the community, to accomplish that goal," Fischer said in a statement.

Some Metro Council members said the independent review of Taylor's case does not go far enough, and requested an investigation during their public safety committee meeting.

Councilwoman Barbara Sexton-Smith also called for the murder charges against Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, to be dropped. Walker's attorneys said he acted out of self-defense when he shot one officer in the leg when they executed the no-knock warrant.

Chairwoman Jessica Green said she was disappointed in leadership's response to the situation, and referred to Walker as a "hero."

Fraternal Order of Police President Ryan Nichols said he did not agree with Green's statement, saying "to say I was disgusted by the statement is a dramatic understatement." Green responded to Nichols, saying her statement was misinterpreted.

“I never said it was okay to shoot a cop...what I said yesterday was that Kenneth Walker is a hero because he defended his family," Green said during a press conference Thursday.

WHAS11's Senait Gebregiorgis will have more on the reaction to Metro Council's public safety committee meeting tonight at 6 p.m.

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