In a letter to Attorney General Barr, WAND urges the Department of Justice to investigate the recent fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky. We ask that DOJ (1) determine whether the officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor violated criminal civil rights laws; (2) pursue a pattern or practice investigation of the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) for its recurrent use of excessive force, particularly when executing searches of persons of color; and, (3) restore its decades-long commitment to addressing systemic police misconduct by law enforcement agencies nationally. We continue to witness law enforcement agencies exercise excessive use of force and undertake other troubling practices that systemically violate individuals' civil rights in predominantly minority communities. The DOJ must take swift and strong action to denounce these practices and hold to account the state and local departments that deploy them.
Read the full letter here.