A black woman was shot dead by police who stormed her home as she slept while searching for a suspect who was already in custody, a lawsuit claims.
Breonna Taylor, an emergency medical technician (EMT), was 26 when officers entered her Louisville home early on 13 March as part of a drugs investigation.
Police claim they were returning fire after one officer was shot and wounded in the apartment.
A defence attorney for Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, says he fired in self-defence because police did not announce themselves and that he believed they were breaking in to the home.
Her family have now hired prominent civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who has represented the families of other high-profile black shooting victims, including Trayvon Martin and Ahmaud Arbery.
The lawsuit filed by the family says the officers were not looking for Taylor or her boyfriend, but for a suspect who was already in custody.
“Breonna Taylor was shot at least eight times by the officers’ gunfire and died as a result,” it says.
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“Breonna had posed no threat to the officers and did nothing to deserve to die at their hands.”
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Mr Crump called the killing “inexcusable”.
“We stand with the family of this young woman in demanding answers from the Louisville Police Department,” he said.
“Despite the tragic circumstances surrounding her death, the department has not provided any answers regarding the facts and circumstances of how this tragedy occurred, nor have they taken responsibility for her senseless killing.”
Louisville Police Department has declined to answer several questions about the allegations, citing an ongoing internal investigation.
Mr Crump also represents the family of Ahmaud Arbery, a black man who was shot dead in February while out jogging in a coastal Georgia town.
A white father and son were arrested last week after video widely shared online showed them confronting Arbery.
A struggle then ensued in which punches were thrown, before three shots were fired and Arbery is seen collapsing.
The men told police they suspected Arbery was a burglar. They were not arrested for two months and the prosecutors involved are now under investigation.
Mr Crump also was involved in the 2012 case of Trayvon Martin, the unarmed black Florida teenager shot and killed by a neighbourhood watch volunteer.