24 Feb, 2024
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Civil rights attorney Ben Crump responds to the Louisville DOJ report. Here’s what he said

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump speaks with the media ahead of a lecture on structural inequality.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump speaks with the media ahead of a lecture on structural inequality.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump said a federal investigation that uncovered widespread racism within the Louisville Metro Police was shocking but necessary to prevent future killings of “innocent, young Black people.”

Crump, who represented Breonna Taylor’s family in a lawsuit against Louisville, was in town Thursday for a lecture on structural inequality, organized by the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.

Ahead of his speech, he spoke with the media about the recently released US Department of Justice investigationsas well as who he believes should still be held accountable for Taylor’s death.

Here’s what he had to say.

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On the DOJ investigation

Through its investigation, the DOJ found Louisville police conducting searches based on invalid warrants and unlawfully executing search warrants without knocking or announcing themselves.

Crump said those findings spoke directly to Taylor’s death. But what shocked him most about the investigation was the “insidious pattern of racism that was uncovered against African Americans in Louisville” by LMPD.

“it was something that was necessary for us to unearth, and hopefully it can make Louisville a better community where we won’t ever have another tragedy like the murder of an innocent young Black woman like Breonna Taylor,” he said.

On judges who routinely approved search warrants

The DOJ investigation found Louisville police officers cherry-picked judges to sign search warrants, with six local judges approving more than half of warrant applications the DOJ reviewed.

“A cursory search, a cursory review by the judges would have bumped their attention (to notice) it seems we’re serving an extraordinary disproportionate number of these no-knock warrants on Black

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