Justice Division to probe Louisville police division
A demonstrator holds an indication with the picture of Breonna Taylor, a black lady who was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Division officers, throughout a protest towards the demise George Floyd in Minneapolis, in Denver, Colorado on June 3, 2020.
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Legal professional Basic Merrick Garland on Monday introduced that the Division of Justice will open an investigation into the practices of the Louisville Metro Police Division in Kentucky.
The announcement comes days after Garland mentioned the DOJ will examine the Minneapolis Police Division following Derek Chauvin’s conviction for the homicide of George Floyd, whose killing in custody sparked world protests.
Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black lady, was killed final yr by Louisville cops who entered her residence with a no-knock warrant and fired 32 bullets. Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired a shot at officers, whom he has mentioned he believed to be intruders.
Garland mentioned the investigation was spurred by a complete assessment of public info.
“As with each Justice Division investigation, we are going to observe the information and the regulation wherever they lead,” Garland mentioned.
U.S. Legal professional Basic Merrick Garland speaks on the Division of Justice in Washington, U.S. April 26, 2021.
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A grand jury indicted one of many officers within the raid, Sgt. Brett Hankison, on wanton endangerment expenses final yr. His trial was delayed this month till 2022. Two different officers concerned haven’t been criminally charged.
Taylor’s demise is among the many most high-profile police killings in recent times and has prompted calls to rein in using no-knock warrants and different controversial techniques.
Garland mentioned the DOJ will take into accounts the phrases of a $12 million settlement reached between Louisville and Taylor’s household final yr. The settlement requires the police division to undertake sure necessary reforms.
Justice Division pattern-or-practice investigations into police departments can result in settlements, or consent decrees, between the DOJ and the division, typically requiring impartial oversight of the police and different adjustments.
The DOJ beneath former President Donald Trump largely curtailed using consent decrees, however Garland reversed that coverage earlier this month. President Joe Biden has pledged to pursue substantial reforms of the nation’s policing by way of Congress.
In an announcement on Monday, Derrick Johnson, the president of the NAACP, praised Garland’s transfer.
“For a lot too lengthy, killings by the hands of police have solely led to 1 hashtag after one other. However true justice comes with accountability and motion,” Johnson mentioned. “We applaud the Justice Division’s new investigation into the Louisville Metro Police Division for the homicide of Breonna Taylor and their ongoing practices. No police officer or police division is above the regulation.”
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