Four current or former Louisville, Kentucky police officers have been charged with civil rights violations in connection with the botched 2020 raid that killed Breonna Taylor, federal officials said Thursday.
US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the charges at a news conference Thursday, saying the Justice Department alleges the crimes the officers are charged with “culminated in the death of Ms. Taylor.”
Det. Joshua Jaynes of the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department obtained the warrant used in the March 13, 2020 search of Taylor’s home.
Jaynes, Kelly Goodlett, who was a detective with Jaynes in the location-based investigation unit investigating drug trafficking, and Sgt. Kyle Meany, who oversaw the unit, were accused of falsifying the affidavit.
In a separate indictment, Brett Hankison was charged with using excessive force in executing the search warrant.
“Federal indictments announced today allege that members of the Department of Location-Based Investigations forged the affidavit used to obtain the search warrant for Ms. Taylor’s home. ‘ Garland said.
During the early morning raid, police shot and killed Taylor. Officers opened fire after Taylor’s friend, who believed an intruder was trying to break in, fired a gun at the door.
The botched raid targeted Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, a convicted drug dealer. That man, Jamarcus Glover, said Taylor was not involved in the drug trade.
This is an evolving story. Check for updates again.
Daniel Barnes and Laura Strickler contributed.
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