Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Police violence in the United States: Ex-cop pleads guilty in the Breonna Taylor case

A rally in honor of the slain Breonna Taylor. Photo: Timothy D. Easley / Associated Press / DPA

The fate of Breonna Taylor fueled the Black Lives Matter movement. It is now learned that the police used unfair means to obtain a search warrant which ultimately led to his death.

WASHINGTON — More than two years after the death of Breonna Taylor, a former Louisville African-American woman, a 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. This was announced by the US Department of Justice. 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.

According to previous investigations, police officers armed with search warrants entered Taylor’s house at night when they did not receive any response to his knock. Inside the apartment, Taylor’s friend is said to have shot first, injuring an officer in the leg. The friend later said that he mistook the police as a thief. Officers retaliated, hitting unarmed Breonna Taylor at least five times, officials said.

According to US media reports, they were looking for Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, who was not present there. The former police officer admitted that the logic behind the search warrant was wrong, misleading and out of date.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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