In Louisville, Kenneth Walker III marked in March the two years that had passed since the death of Breonna Taylor, the one who was his girlfriend.
The United States Attorney General announced Thursday charges against four police officers involved in the death of African-American Breonna Taylor, who was shot dead in her Louisville apartment in 2020 and became an icon of the Black Lives Matter movement.
Local justice had charged only one of the officers involved in the tragedy, not for the death of the young woman, but for having endangered his neighbor by discharging his weapon through a partition.
The acquittal in March of this police officer, Brett Hankison, was seen as a denial of justice by anti-racist activists.
Federal justice, which conducted its investigation in parallel, finally decided to indict him for excessive use of force, announced Attorney General Merrick Garland at a press conference.< /p>
She also charged three of her former colleagues with lying about the search warrant that sparked the tragedy. The defendants knew the warrant contained false and misleading information and that other information was omitted, Merrick Garland told a press conference.
They knew this could create a dangerous situation and we maintain that these unlawful acts resulted in the death of Ms. Taylor, he added.
The three agents, who did not take part in the raid, later took steps to cover up their misdeeds, including lying to the FBI, according to Mr. Garland.
The 13 March 2020, three Louisville police officers burst into the home of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old health care aide, in the middle of the night as part of a drug trafficking investigation targeting her former boyfriend.< /p>
His new companion, Kenneth Walker, had believed them to be burglars and had fired a shot with a legally owned weapon. The police fired back and Breonna Taylor received around 20 bullets.
The officers had a so-called no knock warrant, authorizing them to break down the door without warning. They claim to have announced themselves all the same, which Mr. Walker disputes.
The death of Breonna Taylor had not attracted much attention in at first, but she returned to the front of the stage as part of the major anti-racist demonstrations which shook the United States after the death of George Floyd, a black man in his forties suffocated by a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020.
Louisville, the largest city in Kentucky, was set ablaze in September 2020, when the prosecutors had given up prosecuting the other police officers involved in the drama and did not only retained one additional count against Mr. Hankison.