FBI Thursday arrested two former Louisville Metro Police department detectives, and two current officers charged in connection with deadly Breonna Taylor raid
Joshua Jaynes has been arrested and charged by the FBI for adding a false statement to his sworn affidavit submitted while seeking the warrant
Detective Kelly Hanna Goodlett, not only knew the claims to be false, she embellished the misleading narrative contained in the affidavit
As a result the ‘no knock’ raid on Breonna Taylor’s apt. on 13 March, 2020, was approved, leading to her death
The EMT was shot six time by officers after her boyfriend Kenneth Walker returned their fire
Ex-detective Brett Hankison, now charged with civil rights charges in connection with the incident, was cleared of criminal charges earlier this year
Hankinson, who fired the shots that killed Taylor, was cleared in March of three counts of wanton endangerment, after he was only charged for firing shots into a neighboring apt
Sgt. Kyle Meany and detective Kelly Hanna Goodlett have also been indicted on federal charges
Louisville Metro Police Dept. organized the raid after Jayne and Goodlett concocted a narrative that Taylor’s ex-boyfriend had been drug dealing at her apartment
Four current and former Louisville Police officers have been charged by the FBI in connection with the deadly raid at Breonna Taylor’s apartment in 2020.
Ex-LPMD detectives Joshua Jaynes, 40, and Brett Hankison, 46 are all facing federal civil rights charges for their actions in the Taylor investigation.
Current LMPD Sergeant Kyle Meany, 45, and detective Kelly Hanna Goodlett are facing the same charges.
Jaynes was fired by the Louisville Metro Police in January 2021, in Kentucky, for adding a false statement to his sworn affidavit for the ‘no knock’ warrant to search Taylor’s apartment over her drug dealer ex-boyfriend.
On 13 March 2020, Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, was shot and killed by police who had carried out a nighttime “no-knock” warrant to storm her home while she was sleeping with her boyfriend.
Believing they were intruders, her boyfriend fired one shot at the officers using a handgun he legally owned. The officers responded by firing 22 bullets, killing Taylor with a shot to the chest.
US Attorney General Merrick Garland announces federal charges against officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death
The fatal shooting of Taylor, an innocent, unarmed Black woman who was sleeping in her own bed at night – coming on the heels of the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis – galvanized racial justice protests in the spring and summer of 2020 not only in US, but around the globe.
Thursday The Department of Justice added four more Louisville officers to the list of cops charged over death of Breonna Taylor.
The charges against defendants Joshua Jaynes, Kyle Meany, Brett Hankison and Kelly Goodlett, include civil rights violations, conspiracy, use of excessive force offenses and obstruction.
Attorney General Kristen Clarke today announced the charges – which include violating Taylor’s civil rights, unlawful conspiracies, unconstitutional use of force, and obstruction offenses.
They claim that the LMPD’s Place Based Investigations Unit falsified the affidavit used to obtain the search warrant for Taylor’s home, which then led to her death.
Garland also confirmed that Hankison, who was cleared of criminal charges earlier this year, has been charged with two two counts of deprivation of rights under color of law.
“We allege that the defendants knew their actions in falsifying the affidavit could create a dangerous situation, and we allege these unlawful acts resulted in Ms. Taylor’s death,” U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said during Thursday’s news conference.
Charging documents state that three of the officers, Jaynes, Meany and Goodlett, lied in order to obtain a warrant they used to search Taylor’s apartment in an act that violated federal civil rights laws and led to Taylor’s death.
Highlighting the nature of the officers complicity in the unlawful killing, the AG said Jaynes, a former Louisville Metro Police Department detective, Meany, a current LMPD sergeant, and Goodlett a current LMPD detective, also “took steps to cover up their unlawful conduct” and “conspired to mislead federal, state and local authorities who were investigating the incident,” Garland said.
Former Louisville Police detective Joshua Jaynes, 40, was sacked in January 2021 for adding a false statement to his sworn affidavit for the ‘no knock’ warrant to search the apt of Breanna Taylor.
According to the indictment, Jaynes drafted and swore out a warrant affidavit for Taylor’s home, prosecutors allege in one indictment, “knowing at the time that the affidavit contained false and misleading statements, omitted material information, relied on stale information, and was not supported by probable cause,” thereby willfully violating Taylor’s Fourth Amendment right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures.
Jayne is charged with conspiracy for acts intended to obstruct a federal investigation, including arranging to meet with Det. Goodlett in a garage in May, where they “agreed to tell investigators a false story.”
Jayne it is alleged in the third count, knowingly falsified an investigative letter that was used in the preparation of the warrant, by inserting false information suggesting Taylor’s connection to alleged drug trafficking.
Kyle Meany has been charged with making a false statement to the FBI, while Jaynes is accused of falsifying records in a federal investigation.
Kelly Goodlett, Louisville Police detective Kelly Goodlett faces one count of conspiracy, according to a third charging document, for working with Jaynes, to submit a false and misleading warrant application
Making up the quartet of persons charged by Feds, Brett Hankison, was cleared of criminal charges earlier this year and has now been charged with two counts of deprivation of rights under color of law.
Hankison is accused of depriving Taylor, her boyfriend and her neighbors of their rights when he fired his weapon “after there was no longer a lawful objective justifying the use of deadly force.” After the two fellow officers returned fire, Hankison proceeded away from the doorway to the side of the apartment to shoot 10 bullets through a window and glass door, covered by blinds and a curtain, “with an attempt to kill,” the indictment said.
Until now Hankison was the only officer to be charged in relation to Taylor’s death.