Four police officers have been arrested and charged with federal crimes over the death of Breonna Taylor, a black woman killed in a botched “no-knock” raid on her home in Louisville, Kentucky.
Attorney-General Merrick Garland said the four current and former Louisville Metro Police Department officers were being charged with civil rights offences, unlawful conspiracy, unconstitutional use of force and obstruction.
Garland said the Department of Justice (DOJ) had charged former Detective Joshua Jaynes, Detective Kelly Goodlett, former Detective Brett Hankinson, and Sgt. Kyle Meany with civil rights violations and unconstitutional use of force.
The DOJalleges that Jaynes lied on the search warrant application that let officers raid Taylor’s home. He wrote in the search warrant that he “verified with a U.S. Postal Inspector” that Taylor’s ex, whom police suspected of dealing drugs, had been receiving mail at her address. However, an internal investigation found that Jaynes had not verified the information with a postal worker himself, but rather relied on another officer’s false word.
The deaths of Taylor and George Floyd, who was murdered by a white police officer in Minneapolis in May 2020, became the focus of a wave of mass protests in the United States and beyond against racial injustice and police brutality.
– With AFP