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Ex-cop pleads guilty to falsifying warrant in deadly raid on Breonna Taylor’s home

Ex-cop pleads guilty to falsifying warrant in deadly raid on Breonna Taylor’s home A former police detective in Louisville, Ky., pleaded guilty to federal charges Tuesday regarding the the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor in March 2020.

Ex-cop pleads guilty to falsifying warrant in deadly raid on Breonna Taylor’s home

A former police detective in Louisville, Ky., pleaded guilty to federal charges Tuesday regarding the the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor in March 2020.

ARI SHAPIRO, HOST:

A former police detective in Louisville, Ky., pleaded guilty today in federal court regarding the the authorities raid that killed Breonna Taylor in March of 2020. Kelly Goodlett is currently the only real officer to plead guilty.

Roberto Roldan of member station WFPL has been third , case. Hi.

ROBERTO ROLDAN, BYLINE: Hi. Thanks for having me.

SHAPIRO: Reveal concerning the plea agreement. That which was Goodlett accused to do?

ROLDAN: Yeah. So some information on the plea agreement remain sealed. What we can say for certain is that Goodlett decided to plead guilty to 1 count of felony conspiracy in trade for the DOJ not pursuing additional charges against her in line with the evidence they now have. Federal prosecutors have alleged that Goodlett and her partner, Detective Joshua Jaynes, knowingly provided false information in the search warrant application for Breonna Taylor’s home. She and Jaynes wrote that Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, who was simply the main topic of a narcotics investigation, have been getting packages sent to her home. They told a judge that the info have been verified by way of a U.S. postal inspector, however the DOJ says essentially that that has been all a lie and that Goodlett and Jaynes met after Taylor’s killing to concoct a cover story they then told to federal investigators. Therefore the felony conspiracy charge that Goodlett’s facing posesses maximum sentence now of five years in prison or more to a $250,000 fine.

SHAPIRO: OK. So they are not murder charges – conspiracy charges, rather. And three former officers remain facing other charges. What does the offer mean for them?

ROLDAN: Well, in order that depends. After all, federal prosecutors haven’t confirmed whether Goodlett is cooperating using them and is ready to testify against a few of the other officers which are involved. A lawyer representing Breonna Taylor’s family has said that she’s cooperating, and I believe the truth that Goodlett was the only real – was only charged with one count sort of supports that.

So two of another officers which were also mixed up in search warrant application are facing four charges, including civil rights violations. So on her behalf former partner, Joshua Jaynes, and on her behalf former supervisor, Kyle Meany, After all, the plea deal is actually a bad sign for them – that Goodlett is ready to start them in court. The fourth officer, Brett Hankison, wasn’t mixed up in search warrant application. His charges stem, actually, from his actions through the raid itself.

SHAPIRO: People in Louisville have already been pushing for a few sort of justice for a long time. How are they reacting to the deal?

ROLDAN: So Tamika Palmer – Breonna Taylor’s mom – was actually in the courtroom today. She didn’t address the media at all, but I possibly could note that she was shaking her head and wiping tears away because the judge experienced every individual allegation against Goodlett and Goodlett admitted guilt. Palmer was also wearing a dark blue shirt that had say her name on the trunk of it, that was a nod to the chant that has been often heard at racial justice protests in Louisville and elsewhere.

Following the DOJ announced the federal charges against all of the officers 2-3 weeks ago, Palmer said that she felt vindicated. She’s always contended that there is some try to hide what happened with her daughter and just why the apartment was raided to begin with. But she told reporters that folks called her crazy, and today the simple truth is on the market.

SHAPIRO: That’s Roberto Roldan of WFPL in Louisville. Many thanks quite definitely.

ROLDAN: Yeah, many thanks.

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