DOJ acts ... Breonna Taylor: US police charged over shooting death

Squire

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Breonna Taylor was shot to death by police while asleep in her bed.

State authorities failed to prosecute the police for their crimes.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-62427546

Breonna Taylor: US police charged over shooting death
Published 20220805

Breonna Taylor, 26, was a decorated emergency medical technician
Four US police officers have been arrested and charged over the fatal 2020 shooting of Breonna Taylor.

Ms Taylor was killed in her home in Louisville, Kentucky, by plainclothes police who were executing a "no-knock" search warrant.

The hospital worker, 26, was shot as officers stormed the apartment just after midnight while she was with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker.

Her death sparked racial injustice protests around the country.

Only one officer involved in the raid - former Louisville detective Brett Hankinson - had been previously charged over the case.

But Mr Hankinson, who fired 10 shots during the incident, was acquitted by a jury earlier this year. He is among the four people to face new charges through the US Department of Justice.


The others are Joshua Jaynes, also a former officer, and serving officers Kelly Hanna Goodlett and Kyle Meany.

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the new charges. He said the officers were being charged with civil rights offenses, unlawful conspiracy, unconstitutional use of force and obstruction.

Mr Garland added that three of the officers - all but Mr Hankinson - had been charged with falsification of a search warrant.

Mr Hankinson is charged with using excessive force when he opened fire during the raid.

"Breonna Taylor should be alive today," Mr Garland told reporters.

The search warrant obtained by police included Ms Taylor's name and address. Authorities suspected her ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, a convicted drug trafficker, had used her apartment to hide narcotics or money.

No drugs were found at the property, though Jefferson County Prosecutor Thomas Wine said the search had been cancelled after the shooting.

In 2020, the Taylor family sued Louisville police and reached a $12m (£9m) settlement.

Reacting to news of the new charges on Thursday, the family's lawyers said: "Today was a huge step toward justice."

Kenneth Walker shot and wounded one of the police officers in the leg during the raid, taking him for an intruder. He was charged with attempted murder, but the case was dismissed.

Mr Walker said he had fired out of self-defence, and a judge permanently closed the case against him, meaning he can't ever be charged again over it.
 
I believe she was awake, but the police chose to 'raid' the house at 3 am, without knocking, making the residents sure it was a home invasion. Either way, this happened because people kept shouting for it, nothing else
 

Linus

Member
She's just one case. Before the world, America's police force has tarnished itself. It doesn't serve all of society with, shall we just say, an even hand.
 

Linus

Member
I had to look that one up, FTLW.


"ACAB and 1312 is an anti-police acronym and catchphrase meaning All Cops Are Bastards. It is often found in graffiti, tattoos, and other graphic imagery. Today, it is widely used to express protests against unethical police behavior. It can be found on many walls in the form of slogans in graffiti, like tattoos, and another graphic, which has the primary goal of showing antipathy against law enforcement and police."

 
I had to look that one up, FTLW.


"ACAB and 1312 is an anti-police acronym and catchphrase meaning All Cops Are Bastards. It is often found in graffiti, tattoos, and other graphic imagery. Today, it is widely used to express protests against unethical police behavior. It can be found on many walls in the form of slogans in graffiti, like tattoos, and another graphic, which has the primary goal of showing antipathy against law enforcement and police."

Also, all cats are beautiful. Legend has it a woman was arrested for an ACAB sign and she told the cops that's what it meant, so people say that as well
 
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