The charges are against officers Joshua Jaynes, Brett Hankison and Kelly Goodlett, along with Sergeant Kyle Meany.
Federal prosecutors have charged four current and former Louisville, Kentucky police officers with their roles in the deadly 2020 shooting. Breonna TaylorA black woman was shot in her home in a case that shook the United States.
Three of the officers, Kyle Meany, Joshua Jaynes and Kelly Goodlett were charged with knowingly using false information to obtain a search warrant to search Taylor’s home, which resulted in the surprise raid that killed her. US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced at a press conference on Thursday.
A fourth officer, former detective Brett Hankinson, was charged with civil rights violations for allegedly using excessive force,
“Breonna Taylor should be alive today,” he said.
Federal prosecutors say Louisville police officers, including Meany and Jaynes, knowingly used false information in an affidavit used to obtain a search warrant authorizing a search of Taylor’s home. leading to her being shot.
“We allege that the defendants were aware of their actions and that falsifying statements could create a dangerous situation, and we allege that these unlawful acts led to what happened,” Garland said. Taylor’s death.
Taylor was shot by police, who used a “no door” order for a nighttime raid on her home, surprising her and boyfriend Kenneth Walker, who was in bed. Walker fired a single shot at what he thought were intruders. He hit an officer in the leg. The police opened fire, hitting Taylor eight times. She bled to death on the floor of her apartment.
The 26-year-old emergency technician was unarmed. Her death, along with the murder of George Floyd by a policeman who knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes, ignited a summer of protests against racist injustice and police violence by two police officers. years ago, when the country was reeling from the still new coronavirus. pandemic.
Tens of thousands of people took to the streets around the world to gather after Black lives are worth it too movement calling for justice for Floyd, Taylor and other black Americans killed by police.
A grand jury in Kentucky in September 2020 refused to charge anyone in Taylor’s murder, a decision that sparked the anger of protesters in Louisville.
Just one officer, Hankison, fired in 2020 in connection with the raid, though not Taylor’s death, for “blind shot“10 laps outside her apartment complex. He was tried and acquit about felony endangering innocence.
Jaynes applied for a warrant to search Taylor’s home. He was fired in January 2021 by former Louisville police chief Yvette Gentry for violating department standards in preparation for the execution of a search warrant and for “dishonesty” in Taylor’s order.
Local activists and members of the Taylor family celebrated the charges and thanked federal officials.
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“Today is a huge step toward justice,” attorney Benjamin Crump said in a statement.