Four current and former Kentucky police officers are charged with the fatal shooting of 26-year-old Breonna Taylor in Louisville.

The FBI arrested and reported civil rights against Joshua Jaynes, Brett Hankison and Kelly Goodlett, as well as Louisville Police Sergeant Kyle Meany.

The development was announced Thursday by US Attorney General Merrick Garland, who said the alleged crimes include “civil rights offenses, illegal conspiracies, unconstitutional use of force and obstruction offenses.”

During a drug raid, Ms. Taylor, a 26-year-old black medical worker, was shot dead by Louisville agents who had broken down her door while carrying out a search warrant.

Garland added, “We also said they conspired to mislead federal, state and local authorities who are investigating the incident.

“For example, we claimed that in May 2020 those two defendants (Jaynes and Goodlett) met in a garage where they agreed to tell investigators a false story.

“The prosecution separately claims that defendant Meany lied to the FBI during his investigation into this matter.”

He also said federal officials “share but can’t fully imagine the pain” Taylor’s family felt.

His killing, along with that of George Floyd, fueled a summer of protests against racial injustice and police violence in America two years ago.

Their death took place against a background of systemic racism in the United States, where black Americans are found 3.5 times more likely to be killed by the police than white Americansaccording to a study last year.

Ms. Taylor was killed when agents in Louisville, Kentuckyhe carried out a “don’t knock” warrant and broke down the door of his apartment.

Her boyfriend thought it was someone who broke in and fired a single shot in self-defense, hitting an officer in the leg.

Ms. Taylor was shot multiple times when police fired dozens of shots in return.

The police were actually looking for a former partner of Ms. Taylor who did not live at the address and no drugs were found on the property.

Hankinson was acquitted in March by a Kentucky jury for endangering Taylor’s neighbors when bullets he fired during the raid hit a nearby apartment.

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