Justice Department announces investigation into Louisville Police Department

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Monday that the Department of Justice would launch a civil investigation into the Louisville Metro Police Department’s patterns and practices. 

The goal is to ensure that policing policies in the city are “constitutional and lawful.” 

RELATED: Louisville to probe handling of Breonna Taylor shooting 

Garland said the Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Louisville Police Chief Erika Shields are cooperating with the investigation. 

The police department came under scrutiny after the death of Breonna Taylor, who was killed by police while she lay sleeping in her apartment last year.

This announcement comes less than one week after Garland announced an investigation into the policies of the Minneapolis Police Department. 

Attornies Ben Crump, Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker released a statement about Garland’s announcement saying they are hopeful that the investigation will reveal the “ugly patterns and practices of the Louisville law enforcement.”

RELATED: DOJ launches investigation into Minneapolis’ policing policies

This is a developing story that will be updated. 

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