Why a majority-minority panel recommended Erika Shields to lead the Louisville Metro Police Department

When Breonna Taylor was killed in her apartment by police in Louisville, Kentucky, last year, Erika Shields thought of another Black woman who had been shot to death by officers more than a decade earlier.

Kathryn Johnston, 92, was killed in 2007 in what was later described as an illegal drug raid on her Atlanta home. An autopsy revealed that she had been shot five or six times.

Shields, who is white, was an Atlanta police officer at the time and was not involved in the incident. She remembers…

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