Four officers face federal charges in Breonna Taylor raid

On Thursday, federal officials charged four current and former police officers in Louisville, Ky., who were involved in a fatal raid on Breonna Taylor’s apartment, charging them with multiple crimes, including lying to obtain a warrant. which was used to search his home. .

The charges stem from a nighttime raid on Ms Taylor’s apartment in March 2020, in which officers knocked down Ms Taylor’s door and fired a volley of shots after her boyfriend shot an officer in the leg, believing that intruders had broken into the house.

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

Merrick Garland, the attorney general, told a news conference that members of a Louisville Metro Police Department investigative unit included false information in an affidavit that was later used to obtain a search warrant at Ms. Taylor’s home.

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

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

The killing of Ms. Taylor, who was black, helped spark protests in the spring and summer of 2020 following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, and led to scrutiny by the police department in Louisville.

This is a developing story that will be updated.

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