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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Police violence in America: Ex-cop pleads guilty in Breonna Taylor case

MTwo years after the death of African American Breonna Taylor, a former Louisville, Kentucky police officer has pleaded guilty in federal court. He admitted to being involved in forging a document that was used to obtain a search warrant for Taylor’s home. The US Department of Justice announced this on Tuesday (local time). He also admitted to lying to investigators about the investigation warrant.

In March 2020, Breonna Taylor was shot dead by the police at her home. Like George Floyd, the 26-year-old black paramedic’s name became a symbol of the movement against racism and police violence.

As per earlier investigations, police officers armed with search warrants barged into Taylor’s house during the night after receiving no response to her knock. Inside the apartment, Taylor’s friend is said to be the first to shoot, injuring an officer in the leg. The friend later said that he mistook the police as a thief. Officials said the officers retaliated and struck unarmed Breonna Taylor at least five times.

Imprisonment for five years possible

According to US media reports, they were looking for Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, who was not present there. The former police officer has now admitted that the logic behind the search warrant was wrong, misleading and out of date. He faces up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

Federal charges were filed earlier this month against four former and current police officers. Three members of the investigative unit were charged with violating Taylor’s civil rights and eventually causing her death by providing false information for search warrants. The fourth defendant was charged with civil rights violations “that is said to have knowingly used unconstitutionally excessive force in his professional capacity as a civil servant”.

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