By NNPA Newswire Contributor Lauren Victoria Burke
Tamika Palmer, Breonna Taylor’s mother, has long insisted Louisville police never visited her daughter Breonna Taylor’s apartment the night they shot her.
On August 4, the Justice Department, led by Attorney General and Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division Kristen Clarke, announced charges against four police officers who shot and killed Ms Taylor during a nighttime raid on her apartment.
They claimed the officers lied in order to obtain a search warrant for Taylor’s apartment.
The Justice Department announced that the indictments against the four current and former police officers would include federal charges of using “unconstitutional excessive force.”
“Breonna Taylor should have woken up at home, as usual, on the morning of March 13, 2020. Unfortunately, she didn’t. She was only 26 years old. As Attorney General Garland has just stated, today’s indictments allege that Louisville Police Detective Joshua Jaynes and Sergeant Kyle Meany wrote and approved what they knew to be a false affidavit to support for a search warrant for Ms. Taylor’s home. This false affidavit triggered events that led to Ms. Taylor’s death when other LMPD officers executed this warrant,” Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke said on August 4.
“The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution ensures that persons are not subject to search unless there is probable cause warranting a search warrant. Falsified warrants create unnecessary risk to the public and to police, who rely on facts reported by other officers in the performance of their public duties,” Clarke added.
“These charges relate to the conduct of the Louisville Metro Police Department’s On-Scene Investigations Unit. In the first indictment filed today, we allege that in early 2020 this unit was investigating an alleged drug deal in the West End [area] of Louisville. On March 12, 2020, officers from this unit requested 5 search warrants which they believed were related to the alleged drug trafficking. Four of those warrants were for properties in the West End where this activity is believed to have taken place,” Attorney General Merrick Garland said before Clarke spoke.
Lauren Victoria Burke is a freelance investigative journalist and the host of the BURKEFILE podcast. She’s a political analyst who appears regularly on #RolandMartinUnfiltered. She can be contacted at [email protected] and on Twitter at @LVBurke