(WASHINGTON) — Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday announced an investigation into the policing practices of the Louisville Police Department.
It marks the department’s second ‘pattern or practice’ investigation of a police force in the past five days alone. Garland made the announcement at the Justice Department Monday afternoon.
The Louisville Police Department has faced heavy scrutiny over the past year following the police shooting of Breonna Taylor, a black emergency technician who was killed during a botched raid on her Kentucky apartment after three plainclothes officers entered her home while serving a no-knock warrant. Only one of the three officers involved in the raid has faced criminal charges.
Garland announced the department opened a civil investigation last week into whether the Minneapolis Police Department has a pattern of using excessive force in arrests or at protests and whether the department’s officer’s engage in discriminatory conduct.
Garland has said repeatedly that he sees such probes as a potentially valuable oversight tool to ensure police accountability.
It indicates a significant shift from how the department wielded such powers during former President Donald Trump’s administration. During those four years the department opened only one such investigation into the Springfield, Massachusetts, Police Department’s narcotics unit, whose officers were found to have routinely used excessive force in violation of the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution.
The Louisville Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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