Louisville police routinely violate civil rights, U.S. Attorney General says

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Louisville police have for years disrespected the people they are sworn to protect through discrimination, failed leadership, and biased practices, according to a report from the Department of Justice. LouPubMedia

Federal investigators found the Louisville Metro Police Department has an extensive pattern of violating civil rights, conducting unlawful searches and discriminating against Black people and people with behavioral health disabilities.

The 90-page report released Wednesday details a list of issues federal investigators uncovered during a two-year investigation of LMPD that began in April 2021, a year after the police killing of Breonna Taylor and in the wake of protests that followed.

Garland was in Louisville Wednesday to announce the findings of the investigation.He said the DOJ and city officials have agreed to work toward a consent decree to usher in future identified reforms. City officials signed an agreement in principle committing Louisville to work with DOJ officials, community members, police officials and other stakeholders to address the issues investigators identified, Garland said. He said the agreement permits the DOJ to negotiate a legally binding consent decree with an independent monitor.

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