FEDS Launch an Investigation on Louisville Police Following Death of Breonna Taylor
Updated: May 21
By Zulema Herrera
The US Department of Justice plans on investigating the Louisville Metro Police Department, as announced by attorney General Merrick Garland on April 26th. Only a week before, Garland declared a review of the Minneapolis Police Department when Minnesota jury found Derek Chauvin guilty for the death of George Floyd.
This recent announcement comes after the murder of 26-year-old Black medical worker, Breonna Taylor, who was fatally shot in her home during a no-knock raid by Louisville police officers last year. Although Garland makes no connection to any specific incident, he says assessments will be made on whether the LMPD uses a pattern or practice of excessive force and will take actions to ensure the protection of individual rights.
So far only police officer, Brett Hankison, was indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment—typically one to five years jail time—with no other officers being charged for murder despite two of them opening fire. The Taylor family received $12 million in a lawsuit settlement by the city of Louisville who also agreed to police reform.
The "Say Her Name" cries echoes the demands for justice by the victim's family and protesters which erupted last summer. This response on the federal level legitimizes further the existing urgency for enacting reform in order to prevent similar incidents from occurring by addressing these all to persistent discriminatory practices on people of color at the hands of law enforcement.