In this city in March 2020, police shot and killed a black woman, Breonna Taylor.
Justice Secretary-Attorney General Merrick Garland announced on Monday the opening of an investigation into the activities of the police of the city of Louisville (Kentucky), where on March 2020, police shot and killed a black woman, Breonna Taylor.
“Today, the Department of Justice is launching a civil investigation into the Louisville Police Department and local authorities to determine whether they are involved in acts that violate the Constitution and federal law. The investigation is based on a review of publicly available information about the Louisville police department,” Garland said in a statement that was broadcast on the department’s website. – The investigation is designed to determine whether the department is involved in the unjustified use of force, including against people who participated in peaceful actions. It will also investigate whether the police were involved in unauthorized searches and detentions, as well as <…> whether they were involved in discriminatory actions on racial grounds.”
Law enforcement officers in Louisville on March 13, 2020, broke down the door to an apartment where they believed they were storing drugs. Breonna Taylor and her friend were in it. The latter got into a shootout with the police. During it, Taylor was killed. The incident attracted a lot of attention from the media and human rights organizations. The death of an African-American woman led to mass protests in Louisville and other American cities. The demonstrators demanded that the law enforcement officers be charged with murder.