Breonna Taylor killing: Police officer facing criminal charges six months after shooting | US News

A police officer has been indicted on criminal charges following the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor in March, which led to months of protests across the US.

Ms Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, was woken from her bed before being shot several times after police burst into her Kentucky apartment at night using a so-called “no knock” arrest warrant that did not require them to announce themselves.

Police typically use them in drug cases over concerns that evidence could be destroyed if they announce their arrival.

Breonna Taylor was a qualified EMT. Pic: Family
Breonna Taylor was a qualified EMT. Pic: Family handout

The warrant used, however, was connected to a suspect who did not live there, and no drugs were found inside the home.

The use of no-knock warrants has since been banned by Louisville’s Metro Council.

Ms Taylor’s death sparked months of protests in Louisville and across the US, with the demonstrations intensified by the high-profile killings of other unarmed African Americans by police, such as George Floyd in Minneapolis and Daniel Prude in Rochester, New York.

Protesters hold signs as they gather to protest police brutality and racism in the US, with the recent deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, in Boston, Massachusetts, on May 29, 2020. - The Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd, a handcuffed African American man, was charged with murder on May 29 as authorities declared a curfew after three nights of violent protests left parts of the city in flames. (Photo by Joseph Prezioso / AFP) (Photo by JOSEPH PREZIOSO/AFP via Getty Images)
Breonna Taylor’s death sparked months of protests

Before the decision, the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) declared a “state of emergency”, with all holiday and leave cancelled and officers expected to work 12-hour shifts.

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Federal buildings in downtown Louisville were also closed, according to local news station WAVE 3.

Last week, the city of Louisville settled a lawsuit from Ms Taylor’s family for $12m (£9.4m) and pledged several police reforms as part of the agreement.

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