The US Department of Justice charged four police officers Thursday with the murder of Briona Taylor, a black woman killed in a botched raid on her Louisville, Kentucky, home in 2020.
Attorney General Merrick Garland said the officers face federal charges of civil crimes, unlawful conspiracy, making false statements, unconstitutional use of force and obstruction.
“We allege that these crimes led to the death of Miss Taylor,” Garland said. “Bryona Taylor should be alive today.”
The deaths of Taylor and George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who was murdered by a white police officer in Minneapolis in May 2020, became the focus of a wave of mass protests in the United States and abroad against racial and police injustice. brutality.
The 26-year-old Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were sleeping in her apartment around midnight on March 13, 2020 when they heard a noise at the door.
Believing he was a break-in, Walker fired his rifle, injuring a police officer.