Crime: Charges in Breonna Taylor's Death Explained, Potential Sentences

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Four former and current Louisville, Kentucky, Metro Police Department officers were charged on Thursday in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor.

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. © 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.

Feds Charges Cop Who Lied in Breonna Taylor Search Warrant Application

  Feds Charges Cop Who Lied in Breonna Taylor Search Warrant Application The FBI has arrested and charged Joshua Jaynes, the former Louisville Metro Police Department detective who lied on the search warrant application that let officers raid Breonna Taylor’s home. The disastrous “no-knock” raid in March 2020 ended up with Taylor dead. WAVE3 reported that Jaynes was arrested early Thursday morning and is charged with federal civil rights violations. In the search warrant, Jaynes wrote that he “verified with a U.S. Postal Inspector” that Taylor’s ex, whom police suspected of dealing drugs, had been receiving mail at her address.

"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."

DOJ charges 4 Louisville police officers connected to Breonna Taylor killing

  DOJ charges 4 Louisville police officers connected to Breonna Taylor killing The four current and former officers face various civil rights and obstruction charges stemming from Taylor's 2020 death.The charges against defendants Joshua Jaynes, Kyle Meany, Kelly Goodlett and Brett Hankison include various civil rights violations, conspiracy, use of force offenses and obstruction. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the civil rights charges against three of the officers stem from alleged falsification of the affidavit used to obtain the "no-knock" search warrant that authorized the early morning raid on Taylor's apartment.

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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Reports: Ex-officer to plead guilty in Breonna Taylor case .
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Former Louisville police Detective Kelly Goodlett intends to plead guilty to a civil rights charge stemming from the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman whose death in a botched police drug raid helped spark racial justice protests in 2020. Goodlett is set to appear Aug. 22 before a federal judge to enter her plea, media outlets reported, citing her lawyer, Brandon Marshall. Marshall did not immediately return phone calls and emails seeking comment Friday.

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