The FBI on Thursday arrested four current and former Louisville police officers and filed civil rights lawsuits in connection with the fatal 2020 shooting of Breonna Taylor.
Joshua Jaynes, a former Louisville police officer, was arrested Thursday morning, while Sgt. Kyle Meany, Detective Kelly Hanna Goodlett and former Detective Brett Hankison were booked Wednesday for their role in the killing of Breonna Taylor.
They were charged with civil rights violations, conspiracy and falsifying records and testimonies given to federal investigators, according to US Attorney General Merrick Garland.
“The federal indictments announced today allege that members of the Location-Based Investigations Unit forged the affidavit used to obtain the search warrant for Ms. Taylor’s home – that this act violated federal civil rights statutes and that those violations resulted in the death of Mrs. Taylor have led. “
“Specifically, we allege that Ms. Taylor’s Fourth Amendment rights were violated when defendants Joshua Jaynes, Kyle Meany and Kelly Goodlett applied for a warrant to search Ms. Taylor’s home, knowing that officers had no probable cause for the search.”
Former Louisville detective Brett Hankinson, who was fired from the department in 2020, was one of three officers who fired 10 shots at Taylor’s door. He was acquitted by a jury in Louisville earlier this year on state charges of wanton endangerment.
Hankinson was the only officer involved in the raid who had previously been charged. He is currently being prosecuted by the US Department of Justice on new charges.
Joshua Jaynes had applied for a search warrant. He was fired by former Louisville Police Department interim chief Yvette Gentry in January 2021 for failing to follow department standards in preparing to execute a search warrant and for being “untruthful” about the warrant.
Three of the officers, all but Hankinson, were charged with forging a search warrant, Garland clarified. However, Hankinson was accused of using excessive force by open fire during the raid.
Following the announcement, Breonna Taylor’s family attorney Ben Crump stated that “today was a big step towards justice.”
Fake affidavit used to obtain search warrant on Breonna Taylor’s home
Breonna Taylor, a black woman, was killed by plainclothes officers executing a search warrant at her home in Louisville, Kentucky. The affidavit was allegedly forged.
When the police broke into the apartment shortly after midnight, the 26-year-old was in bed with her boyfriend. Taylor’s friend Kenneth Walker shot police because he mistook them for intruders. They then fired multiple shots that resulted in the death of Breonna Taylor.
Taylor’s name and address were on the police search warrant. Authorities believe Jamarcus Glover, her ex-boyfriend, was part of a drug network and used her home to hide drugs.
Despite claims by Jefferson County Attorney Thomas Wine that the search was called off after the shooting, no drugs were discovered at the site.
Following the incident, Breonna Taylor’s family filed a lawsuit against the Louisville Police Department in 2020 and a $12 million settlement was reached.
Along with the deaths of two other black men, George Floyd in Minnesota and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, the death of Breonna Taylor sparked anti-racism protests in the US and internationally.
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