At least four Louisville Metro Police Department officers have been charged with Civil Rights violations in relation to the Breonna Taylor case. 

Breonna was an emergency technician who was shot and killed during a botched police raid in March 2020. 

She was 26. 

On Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland held a press conference announcing the charges.

Joshua Jaynes, Kelly Hanna Goodlett, and Kyle Meany were charged with conspiracy for violating Taylor’s Fourth Amendment Rights by submitting a false affidavit to search Taylor’s home when they conspired to create a “false cover story in an attempt to escape responsibility for their roles in preparing the warrant affidavit that contained false information.”

Joshua Jaynes, the lead detective in the case, is accused of being untruthful about verifying information on the warrant affidavit used to search Breonna Taylor’s home. 

He was fired from the department in January 2021, but he has never faced criminal charges until now. 

His attorney confirmed he was arrested early Thursday morning. 

Kelly Hanna Goodlett was part of the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Place Based Investigations. 

The PBI Unit led the drug investigation into Breonna’s ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover

Glover and his alleged “trap house” on Elliott Avenue were the targets of the investigation. 

She had taken pictures of Glover picking up a USPS package at Breonna’s home. Goodlett also gathered surveillance video of Breonna getting into Glover’s car outside of a home on Elliott Avenue. 

Just to give you an idea of Goodlett’s background…she was also being investigated by the FBI in a separate incident known as “Slushigate.” 

Kelly Hanna Goodlett was one of several officers who were being investigated for throwing slushies at unsuspecting pedestrians while recording video of it. 

Two other officers were indicted for Civil Rights violations…Goodlett has yet to be charged in that case. 

Goodlett and Jaynes were partners on the case. 

Kyle Meany, who is currently a Louisville Metro Police Department sergeant was also arrested by the FBI.

Meany was a sergeant within the PBI.

He was previously disciplined by the department for violating the policies surrounding the SWAT analysis of Breonna Taylor’s apartment.

Brett Hankinson was arrested and charged with two counts of deprivation of civil rights.

Hankinson was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment, in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, but was not convicted.

He was the only officer formally charged in her death.

The warrant was served on March 13, 2020, at 12:40 a.m. and Breonna Taylor was shot six times and killed. 

None of the officers who riddled her apartment with bullets and took her life were held accountable for her death.


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