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4 police officers federally charged with civil rights violations in Breonna Taylor's death

Two current and two former police officers in Louisville, Kentucky, have been charged with violating Breonna Taylor's civil rights in the 2020 botched raid that led to the young Black woman's death, federal officials said Thursday.

U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland, in announcing the charges, said the Department of Justice alleges that the violations "resulted in Ms. Taylor's death."

Detective Joshua Jaynes, with the Louisville Metro Police Department, obtained the warrant used in the March 13, 2020, search of the 26-year-old medical worker's apartment.

Jaynes, Kelly Goodlett, who along with Jaynes was a detective in the Place-Based Investigations unit that investigated drug trafficking, and Sgt. Kyle Meany, who supervised the unit, were charged with falsifying an affidavit.

Jaynes and Goodlett are accused of misleading investigators probing the deadly shooting. Meany allegedly lied to the FBI, Garland said.

In a separate indictment, Brett Hankison...

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Killer of George Floyd Sentenced to 21 Years for Violating Civil Rights

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ST. PAUL, Minn — A white Minneapolis police officer whose murder of a Black man outside a convenience store touched off protests around the world was sentenced to 21 years in federal prison on Thursday, in a case that signaled a new readiness to hold police officers criminally accountable for misconduct.

The former officer, Derek Chauvin, 46, was sentenced for using excessive force under color of law against both George Floyd, the man who died in the encounter, and a 14-year-old boy, also Black, who was injured in an unrelated, though similar, incident.

With time already served deducted, Mr. Chauvin’s sentence amounts to 20 years and five months, near the lower end of the range of 20 to 25 years prescribed by the sentencing guidelines. His federal and state sentences are to be served concurrently.

The sentencing marks the likely end of Mr. Chauvin’s legal saga. He was convicted of...

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