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Four Louisville Police Officers Federally Charged In Deadly Breonna Taylor Raid

Four current and former Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers were hit with federal charges Thursday in relation to the death of Breonna Taylor.

“Earlier today I spoke with the family of Breonna Taylor. This morning, they were informed that the Justice Department is charging four current and former Louisville metro police department officers for federal crimes related to Miss Taylor’s death,” Attorney General Merrick Garland announced. (RELATED: Officer Who Shot Breonna Taylor, Was Shot By Her Boyfriend Writing Book About ‘The Fight For Truth’)

“Those alleged crimes include civil rights offenses, unlawful conspiracies, unconstitutional use of force, and obstruction offenses. The four defendants were charged through two separate indictments, and one information.”

The Justice Department alleges that three of the LMPD police officers falsified the affidavit they used to obtain a search warrant into Taylor’s home, violating federal law, Garland announced.

“Breonna Taylor should be alive today,” Garland said.

“These indictments reflect the Justice Department’s commitment to preserving the integrity of the criminal justice system and to protecting the constitutional rights of every American,” Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke said.

Detectives Joshua Jaynes and Myles Cosgrove were fired by the LMPD in January 2021. In March 2022, former LMPD officer Brett Hankison was charged with wanton endangerment.

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