6 Officers In Breonna Taylor Raid Under Investigation For Violating Department Policies

Written by on September 22, 2020

Six officers within the Louisville Metro Police Division in Kentucky are beneath investigation for his or her position within the dying of Breonna Taylor, a Black lady who was fatally shot in her residence after police executed a middle-of-the-night “no-knock” warrant in March.

The division’s Skilled Requirements Unit confirmed it’s investigating whether or not officers violated LMPD insurance policies, though it’s unclear what insurance policies investigators are trying into, The Courier-Journal reported. The investigation, which the publication mentioned might result in disciplinary measures starting from reprimands to firings, is separate from an ongoing probe into whether or not any officers ought to face prison fees for her dying.

Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was shot eight instances by officers in her residence on March 13 after police executed a late-night warrant as a part of a narcotics investigation. The warrant, nonetheless, was linked to a suspect that didn’t reside at Taylor’s residence, and there have been no medication discovered inside.

Not one of the officers has been arrested or charged within the killing, prompting nationwide outrage amid ongoing requires a looking on police brutality and systemic racism in America. No-knock warrants have since been banned by the Louisville Metro Council.

Taylor’s household reached a $12 million settlement with the town of Louisville earlier this month as a part of a wrongful dying lawsuit that alleged officers acted with extreme power and gross negligence in her dying.

“[The] household is happy that the town was keen to collaborate on significant reform,” Sam Aguiar, the lawyer for Taylor’s household, advised HuffPost on the time. “Now, we’re relying on the [attorney general and Justice Department] to do the correct factor and maintain all accountable officers accountable.”

The officers have maintained that they knocked on Taylor’s door about 12:40 a.m. and introduced themselves. Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend, who was additionally residence on the time, disputed that account and mentioned they didn’t know who was knocking earlier than police broke down the entrance door.

Walker fired a legally owned weapon on the advancing officers, who returned hearth, killing Taylor.

The Courier-Journal famous that Kentucky state regulation mandates that investigations into cops’ potential violations of inside insurance policies stay secret “till last disposition of the fees.”

The Louisville Metro Police Division is at present beneath a state of emergency in “anticipation” of an announcement in Taylor’s case, in accordance with stories on Monday. The declaration permits the LMPD to function beneath emergency staffing orders and cancel trip requests.

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