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Breonna Taylor killing: Prosecution may face obstacles

作者:admin 2020-08-06

Despite mounting public pressure for authorities in the US city of Louisville, Kentucky to file criminal charges nearly five months after Breonna Taylor's death, prosecutors may face significant obstacles to bringing homicide-related charges against police officers who were shot at when sent to her house with a warrant, legal experts said

Tensions have swelled in her home town and spread far afield as activists, professional athletes and social media stars push for action while investigators plead for more patience. The warrant also has been called into question and, with federal officials looking into potential civil rights abuses, the case could reach beyond the officers on the scene that night.

Taylor, a 26-year-old Louisville emergency medical tech studying to become a nurse, was shot multiple times on March 13 after being roused from sleep by police at her door. The warrant was approved as part of a narcotics investigation into a suspect who lived across town, and no drugs were found at her home.

Attorney General Daniel Cameron, the first African American elected to the job in Kentucky, has declined to put a timetable on his decision since taking over the case in May.

"It's a tough issue. He has to figure out whether there's probable cause to believe that there was an unreasonable use of force" by the officers, said Christopher Slobogin, director of the criminal justice program at Vanderbilt University. Slobogin said lawyers for the officers would certainly raise the warrant as a defence in a criminal case.

Cameron has seen increasing pressure from protesters in recent weeks. Dozens of activists who went to his Louisville home were arrested after they would not leave his yard, and last week, an armed militia marched into downtown and demanded that Cameron make his decision within a month.

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