4 Louisville Officers Arrested in Botched Raid that Led to Breonna Taylor's Killing
"Breonna Taylor should be alive today," Attorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday at a press conference. Jaynes, Goodlett and Meany were accused of falsifying the affidavit used to obtain a search warrant of Taylor's Louisville apartment in March of 2020. "This act violated federal civil rights laws and those violations resulted in Ms. Taylor's death," Garland said. "Breonna Taylor should be alive today," he said.
Four former and current Louisville, Kentucky, Metro Police Department officers were charged on Thursday in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. © Jon Cherry/Getty Four former and current Louisville Metro Police Department officers were federally charged on Thursday in connection with the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor. Above, a billboard featuring a picture of Breonna Taylor and calling for the arrest of police officers involved in her death is seen on August 11, 2020 in Louisville, Kentucky.
During a press conference, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that his office has filed federal charges against Louisville Metro Police Department's Detective Joshua Jaynes and Sergeant Kyle Meany, as well as against former Detective Kelly Goodlett and former Officer Brett Hankison.
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If the DOJ proves its case, the officers should absolutely be charged and convicted. Still, one must ask, is justice the goal here? It has become the new norm for the federal Justice Department to open an investigation after every high-profile police killing. While it is understandable to hold officers accountable when using force on civilians, these investigations always seem to expand from the incident in question into an indictment of the entire police force.
"Among other things, the federal charges announced today allege that members of LMPD's Place-Based Investigations Unit falsified the affidavit used to obtain the search warrant of Ms. Taylor's home, that this act violated federal civil rights laws, and that those violations resulted in Ms. Taylor's death. Breonna Taylor should be alive today," Garland said.
The announcement came over two years after Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, was fatally shot during a police raid at her home in Louisville in March 2020.
According to a press release from the Department of Justice, the charges filed against the officers involved in the deadly raid of Taylor's home include "civil rights offenses, unlawful conspiracies, obstruction offenses, and use of excessive force."
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The press release stated that the civil rights offenses carry a "a statutory maximum sentence of life imprisonment where the violation results in death or involves an attempt to kill." Additionally, the charges of obstruction carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, and the conspiracy charges carry a maximum of five years in prison, if the accused individuals are eventually found guilty.
This is a breaking news story and will be updated when more information becomes available.
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Death of the African -American Breonna Taylor: four police officers accused by federal justice .
© AP - Timothy D. Easley A demonstrator brandished the portrait of Breonna Taylor during a rally to commemorate the first anniversary of his death, In Louisville (Kentucky), on March 13, 2021. inculpations in a case that has become emblematic of the Black Lives Matter movement in the United States, that of the death of the African-American Breonna Taylor. Four police officers will have to respond to violations of the American federal law.