4 officers face federal costs in Breonna Taylor raid

Federal authorities on Thursday indicted four current and former Louisville, Ky., police officers involved in the deadly raid on Breonna Taylor’s apartment, charging them with several crimes, including lying to obtain a warrant that was used to search her home. .

The charges stem from a March 2020 nighttime raid on Ms. Taylor’s apartment, in which officers kicked in Ms. Taylor’s door and fired shots after her boyfriend shot an officer in the leg, mistaking the home for intruders.

Two officers shot Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, who was pronounced dead at the scene.

Attorney General Merrick Garland said at a news conference that members of the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department’s investigative unit included false information in an affidavit that was later used to obtain a search warrant for Ms. Taylor’s home.

Credit…via the Associated Press.

Mr. Garland said that federal prosecutors believe that in doing so, the officers “violated federal civil rights laws and that those violations resulted in Ms. Taylor’s death.”

Three of the officers also misled investigators who began looking into Ms. Taylor’s death, Mr. Garland said, including two who he said met in the garage in 2020. spring and “agreed to tell investigators a false story.”

The killing of Ms Taylor, who was black, helped spark protests in 2020. in the spring and summer after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and prompted intense scrutiny of the Louisville Police Department.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

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