National Bar Association reacts to police facing federal charges over Breonna Taylor’s death

The United States Department of Justice charged four former and current Louisville Police Officers with federal crimes of excessive force, obstruction of justice, deprivation of civil rights, and other crimes based on actions that ultimately resulted in the killing of Breonna Taylor in March 2020.

Three were charged with depriving Ms.Taylor of her civil rights and obstruction of justice for attempting to cover up unlawful actions after Ms.Taylor was killed. The United States Attorney General and Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights announced the charges this morning.

The National Bar Association (NBA) President, Lonita K. Baker made a statement on Thursday’s charges and plea. “While these charges and guilty pleas will not bring Breonna back, we hope it sends a message to all that no one is above the law. The NBA thanks Attorney General Garland, Assistant Attorney General Clarke and their staff for their diligence for pursuing justice in Breonna’s case. Where the Commonwealth failed to act, we appreciate the federal government stepping in to ensure justice is pursued no matter the length of time,” stated NBA President Baker.

President Baker’s comments are not in connection with her private role with representing the family of Ms. Taylor.

The National Bar Association was founded in 1925 and is the nation’s oldest and largest national network of predominantly African-American attorneys and judges. It represents the interests of approximately 65,000 lawyers, judges, law professors, and law students. The NBA is organized around 23 substantive law sections, 10 divisions,
12 regions, and 80 affiliate chapters throughout the United States and around the world.

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