LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The U.S. Justice Department has charged four Louisville cops mixed up in deadly Breonna Taylor raid with civil rights violations.
Federal charges against former officers Joshua Jaynes, Brett Hankison and Kelly Goodlett, alongside Sgt. Kyle Meany were announced by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday.
Garland said federal officials share but cannot fully imagine the grief felt by Taylors family.
Breonna Taylor ought to be alive today, he said.
Taylor, a 26-year-old Black medical worker, was shot to death by Louisville officers who had knocked down her door while executing the search warrant. Taylors boyfriend fired a go that hit among the officers because they came through the entranceway plus they returned fire, striking Taylor multiple times.
Hankison, who was simply dismissed from the department in 2020, was among the officers at Taylors door and something of three who fired shots that night. He was acquitted by way of a jury of state charges of wanton endangerment earlier this season in Louisville.
Jaynes had requested the warrant to find Taylors house. He was fired in January 2021 by former Louisville Police interim chief Yvette Gentry for violating department standards in the preparation of a search warrant execution and to be untruthful in the Taylor warrant.
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