Thursday, four current and former Louisville, Kentucky, police officers were charged with federal offences related to Breonna Taylor's death in 2020.
The 26-year-old EMT was shot and killed by police who executed a "no-knock" warrant while she was sleeping with her boyfriend. Her partner fired a lawful firearm at the officers, thinking they were invaders. Taylor was struck in the chest by 22 police rounds.
Following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the fatal shooting of Taylor, a Black woman, galvanised racial justice protests in the spring and summer of 2020.
Civil rights violations, conspiracy, excessive force offences, and obstruction are among the charges levelled against defendants Joshua Jaynes, Kyle Meany, Brett Hankison, and Kelly Goodlett.
He noted that the officers who executed the search warrant "were not engaged in the writing of the request and were ignorant of its inaccurate and misleading assertions."
It was not immediately obvious whether Jaynes, Meany, Hankison, or Goodlett had an attorney to remark on their behalf. This information was not immediately available
A third accusation charges Jaynes forged an investigative letter that "he knew would be used in a criminal inquiry into the warrant" by including false information implying Taylor's drug trafficking link.
Fourth count: Meany lied to federal investigators. Indictment: Louisville police sergeant informed FBI agent that "no-knock" warrant was executed at SWAT's request, when he knew no such request was made.
According to prosecutors, Goodlett conspired with Jaynes to coordinate their cover-up story after a postal inspector disputed the claim that Taylor's address was also that of the suspect police suspected of selling drugs.