Four current or former police officers in Louisville, Kentucky, have been charged with violating Breona Taylor’s civil rights in the botched 2020 raid that led to her death, federal officials said Thursday.
US Attorney General Merrick Garland, in announcing the charges, said the Justice Department alleges the violations “resulted in Ms. Taylor’s death.”
Detective Joshua Janes, with the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department, obtained the no-knock warrant used in the search of Taylor’s apartment on March 13, 2020.
Jaynes, Kelly Goodlett, who along with Jaynes was a detective in the Place-Based Investigations unit investigating drug trafficking, and Sgt. Kyle Meany, who supervised the unit, was charged with falsifying an affidavit.
In a separate indictment, Brett Hankison was charged with using excessive force in the execution of the search warrant.
“The federal charges announced today allege that members of the Field Investigations Unit falsified the affidavit used to obtain a search warrant for Ms. Taylor’s home,” Garland said, adding that “this act violated federal laws on civil rights and that these violations resulted in Ms. Taylor’s death.”
During the early morning raid, officers opened fire, killing Taylor, after her boyfriend, believing an intruder was trying to break in, fired a gun at the door.
The raid targeted Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, a convicted drug dealer, who was not in the flat at the time. That man, Jamarcus Glover, said Taylor had no involvement in the drug trade.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Daniel Barnes and Laura Strickler contributed.