DOJ charges four officers over 2020 shooting death of African-American woman

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.

Garland was working on this investigation into the murder of Breonna Taylor and no one knew about it. This is how a Attorney General should work.

They were charged with civil rights violations, conspiracy and falsifying records and testimonies given to federal investigators, according to US Attorney General Merrick Garland.

garland said:

“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. “

He added:

“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.

Louisville officials falsified information on a search warrant, violating Breonna Taylor’s Fourth Amendment rights and ultimately resulting in her death. This guy was useless and he’s running for governor of Kentucky. Hats off to AG Garland & Kristen Clarke at the DOJ.

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.

Justice delayed is justice denied. But it’s never too late to do the right thing. Despite Daniel Cameron’s best efforts, those responsible for Breonna Taylor’s death are finally being held accountable. It was about time.

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.

The DOJ charges four officers in the death of Breonna Taylor.

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.

The FBI has arrested four LMPD officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor. Accountability is long overdue. We will never stop saying her name.

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.

“Breonna Taylor should be alive today…” – Attorney General Merrick Garland Accountability for her murder is long overdue. Lock them all up!

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. DOJ charges four officers over 2020 shooting death of African-American woman

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