Justice Department to investigate whether Louisville police engaged in abuse

The Justice Department has launched a wide-ranging investigation that will look at whether the Louisville Police Department engaged in a pattern of abuse amid nationwide reckoning following the death of Breonna Taylor.

The investigation will examine whether Louisville police officers used unreasonable force, including during peaceful protests, engaged in unconstitutional stops and seizures, unlawful search warrant executions in houses and discriminated against people based on race. Attorney General Merrick Garland said Greg Fischer and Louisville Police Chief Erika Shields, have been told of the investigation and are cooperating.

Garland did not say whether the investigation was prompted by Taylor’s death. But in brief remarks Monday, Garland acknowledged the settlement the city has reached with Taylor’s family.

Earline K. (left) and Rosie Henderson work to collect and cover the Breonna Taylor memorial with a tarp to protect it from rain Sept. 27, 2020, in downtown Louisville, Ky.

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