4 Louisville Cops Charged by Justice Department in Breonna Taylor Raid

The FBI has arrested four Louisville cops in the deadly 2020 raid at Breonna Taylor’s apartment, The Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

The FBI arrested former Louisville detective Joshua Jaynes on Thursday.

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday that Jaynes, former officer Brett Hankison, and current Sgt. Kyle Meany and Officer Kelly Hanna Goodlett are facing new federal charges stemming from Taylor’s death.

One indictment is related to untruthful actions by Meany, Haynes, and Goodlett in obtaining a warrant to search Taylor’s apartment.

Hankison indictment:

A separate indictment charges Hankison with using "unconstitutionally excessive force during the raid on Ms. Taylor's home" by firing 10 shorts that went into a neighboring apartment “without a lawful objective justifying the use of deadly force,” Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke said.

Hankison was previously acquitted by a jury earlier this year on charges of wanton endangerment related to the shots.

Myles Cosgrove, another officer involved in the raid, was previously fired by the police department along with Hankison.

Fellow officer Jonathan Mattingly was cleared by resigned from the department.

Reaction:

Taylor family attorney Ben Crump called Thursday a “great day to arrest the killers of Breonna Taylor.”

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron previously declined to bring charges against the officers.

"Thank God Attorney General Daniel Cameron did not get the last word in the death of Breonna Taylor," Crump said Thursday.

"Today was a huge step toward justice," Crump and other attorneys in the case said in a statement. "We are grateful for the diligence and dedication of the FBI and the DOJ as they investigated what led to Breonna’s murder and what transpired afterwards. The justice that Breonna received today would not have been possible without the efforts of Attorney General Merrick Garland or Assistant AG for Civil Rights Kristen Clarke.

 

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