Breonna Taylor death: US justice department launches civil-rights probe of Louisville police

The U.S. Justice Department on Monday launched a probe of the Louisville, Kentucky police department whose officers last year shot dead Breonna Taylor during a botched raid, Attorney General Merrick Garland said.

The news marked the second such investigation launched by the DOJ in five days after it began a similar review of the Minneapolis Police Department after its former officer, Derek Chauvin, was found guilty of murdering George Floyd.

It marks a sharp turn in the department’s priorities under Democratic President Joe Biden, who has made racial justice a priority and plans to discuss police reform in his first speech to Congress on Wednesday.

The deaths of Floyd and Taylor, both of whom were Black, sparked nationwide protests against racism and police brutality.

Only one of three officers involved in the Taylor shooting has faced charges.

However, officials at the FBI and the Louisville U.S. Attorney’s office have been investigating other officers involved in the shooting, a law enforcement official told Reuters.

The Louisville Police Department did not immediately comment.

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