The FBI is launching its own investigation into the police's deadly execution of Breonna Taylor after public criticism and calls for an independent investigation have increased.
"The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence and ensure that the investigation is conducted in a fair, thorough, and impartial manner," the FBI Louisville Field Office said in a statement. "As this is an ongoing investigation, we cannot make any further comments at this time."
The office's actions will be more far-reaching and expensive than what Mayor Greg Fischer proposed when he agreed on Wednesday (May 20) to share the results of the Louisville Police Department's Public Integrity Department with government and federal officials.
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FBI officials confirmed on Thursday that their investigation was "independent" from that of the Louisville police.
The new probe came shortly before Steve Conrad, Louisville subway chief of police, announced that he would retire in late June. Taylor's death, allegedly committed by the police, is only the last in a series of scandals surrounding his department during his tenure.
Breonna Taylor died on March 13 after police entered her home shortly before 1 a.m. EST. Taylor's name and address were on a search warrant, but no drugs were found in her home. She was shot without knocking by officers in her home during a search warrant. Since the shooting, no-knock warrants that allow the police to enter an apartment without disclosing themselves or their purpose have to be approved by a judge and the chief of police or his agent before the police serve them can
The Courier Journal requested a copy of the investigation results provided by LMPD, but the agency denied the request on Thursday, stating that the investigation was ongoing.
"The delivery of the PIU investigation for the Breonna Taylor case is only one step in the investigation, which is open and pending," a department spokeswoman said in an email. "Premature publication of records for an open and ongoing investigation in a public forum could affect potential witnesses and adversely affect a witness's memory of the events."