Federal charges filed against 4 officers in Breonna Taylor case

Breonna Taylor
Breonna Taylor

The U.S. Department of Justice announced today that four former and current Louisville police officers were charged with federal crimes related to the 2020 raid that led up to Breonna Taylor’s death.

Former detectives Joshua Jaynes and Brett Hankison, and current officer Kyle Meany were charged with several offenses, including civil rights violations, unlawful conspiracies, and unconstitutional use of force and obstruction, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said during a news conference in Washington. 

Jaynes, Hankison and Meany were federally indicted. Goodlett was “charged on information,” federal prosecutors said.  She was charged with one count of conspiracy. 

The indictments allege that Jaynes and Meany “drafted and approved what they knew was a false affidavit to support a search warrant for Ms. Taylor’s home,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney General Kristen Clarke. “That false affidavit set in motion events that led to Ms. Taylor’s death when other LMPD officers executed that warrant,” she added.

In a statement, Louisville Police Chief Erika Shields said she was beginning the process of termination of Meany and Goodlett.

More about the charges and case can be found here.

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