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4 current and former officers federally charged in raid that killed Breonna Taylor

Added 08-04-22 08:07:01pm EST - “The charges announced by Attorney General Merrit Garland on Thursday include civil rights violations, conspiracy, use of excessive force offenses and obstruction.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “4 current and former officers federally charged in raid that killed Breonna Taylor”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Attorney General Merrick Garland with Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke for the Civil Rights Division, announced civil rights charges Thursday related to the botched Louisville Police drug raid that led to the death of Breonna Taylor. Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP hide caption

Attorney General Merrick Garland with Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke for the Civil Rights Division, announced civil rights charges Thursday related to the botched Louisville Police drug raid that led to the death of Breonna Taylor.

Four current and former Louisville, Kentucky, police officers were charged Thursday with federal crimes connected to the 2020 death of Breonna Taylor.

The 26-year-old emergency medical technician was shot and killed by police who had carried out a nighttime "no-knock" warrant to storm her home while she was sleeping with her boyfriend. Believing they were intruders, her boyfriend fired one shot at the officers using a handgun he legally owned. The officers responded by firing 22 bullets, killing Taylor with a shot to the chest.

The fatal shooting of Taylor, a Black woman, galvanized racial justice protests in the spring and summer of 2020, following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.

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