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Breonna Taylor

Four United States police officers have been arrested and charged in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor.
Ms. Taylor was killed on March 13, 2020, at her home in Louisville, Kentucky, by plainclothes police carrying out a search warrant.
The 26-year-old hospital worker was shot when officers broke into the apartment shortly after midnight while she was with her boyfriend Kenneth Walker.
Her death sparked anti-racism protests across the country.
Federal investigators say three of the four officers conspired to forge the arrest warrant that led to Ms. Taylor’s death.

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Only one officer involved in the raid – former Louisville detective Brett Hankison – had previously been charged in the case. He was the only one of four defendants on Thursday to be present at the scene of Ms. Taylor’s shooting.
Mr. Hankison, who fired 10 shots in the raid, was acquitted by a jury earlier this year of endangering Ms. Taylor’s neighbors when some of the bullets he fired entered their home.
The other officers charged by the Justice Department are Joshua Jaynes, also fired, and Duty Officers Kelly Hanna Goodlett and Kyle Meany. Louisville police said they were trying to fire Mr. Meany and Ms. Goodlett.

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The federal indictment announced by Attorney General Merrick Garland accuses the four of civil rights violations, illegal conspiracy, unconstitutional use of force, and obstruction.
Mr. Meany and Mr. Jaynes allegedly violated Mrs. Taylor’s civil rights by issuing a false search warrant statement. Mrs. Goodlett allegedly conspired with Mr. Jaynes to fake the order.
Mr. Hankison is charged with violating civil rights for firing his service weapon into Ms. Taylor’s apartment through a covered window and glass door.
“Breonna Taylor should be alive today,” Garland told reporters Thursday. The search warrant obtained by the police included Ms. Taylor’s name and address. Authorities suspected her ex-boyfriend Jamarcus Glover, a convicted drug dealer, was using his home to hide narcotics or cash.
No drugs were found on the property, although Jefferson County District Attorney Thomas Wine said the search was called off after the shooting.

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The warrant, signed by Mr. Jaynes, said police had confirmed packages for Glover had been sent to Ms. Taylor. Investigators said they later discovered that the police never confirmed this to the postal inspector, as the warrant claimed. According to prosecutors, Mr. Jaynes and Ms. Goodlett met in a car park days after the shooting to set up a cover story to justify the tampered evidence that led to the warrant.
In 2020, the Taylor family sued the Louisville Police Department and won a $12m (£9m) settlement.
Responding to the announcement of the charges on Thursday, the family’s lawyers said, “Today was a big step towards justice.”
“Today is too late, but it still hurts,” said her mother, Tamika Palmer. Kenneth Walker shot and wounded one of the officers, Sergeant John Mattingly, in the leg during the flight, mistaking him for an intruder. He was charged with attempted murder but the case was dropped. Walker said he shot in self-defense and that a judge has finally closed the case against him, meaning he can never be charged again.
Ms. Taylor’s death – along with that of two black men, George Floyd in Minnesota and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia – was invoked during anti-racism protests in the United States in the summer of 2020.


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