Four officers from the U.S. state of Kentucky involved in the shooting of Breonna Taylor have been arrested. They are being prosecuted, the FBI has announced.
The 26-year-old black woman was shot dead in a police action in her home on March 13, 2020 in the city of Louisville, while she was unarmed. Her death sparked outrage and is seen by campaigners as an example of excessive police brutality against black Americans.
According to the prosecutor, among other things, the four deliberately used erroneous information to obtain a search warrant for Taylors residence. One of the officers is also being prosecuted for knowingly using excessive force in the raid.
Police fired multiple times
In the raid, the officers forced the door of Taylors home without warning in a drug investigation into, among other things, her ex-boyfriend. Taylors startled friend — who, like herself, had nothing to do with the case — fired a shot, after which police fired back multiple times and fatally hit Taylor.
The officers charged are Joshua Jaynes, Brett Hankison, Kelly Goodlett and Kyle Meany. Only Meany is currently employed by the police. Hankison has been indicted before. He was acquitted by a jury in Louisville this year of knowingly endangering Taylors neighbors in the raid, but is now on trial again.
Jaynes was the agent who applied for the search warrant. He was fired in January last year for not complying with the rules when applying for the order and allegedly acting “lying”.
Taylors family has already received compensation of around 10 million euros. In addition, Louisville Mayor Fischer has also announced police reforms.