US charges four police officers in killing of Breonna Taylor

by | Aug 4, 2022 | World

Charges were brought against officers Joshua Jaynes, Brett Hankison and Kelly Goodlett, along with Sergeant Kyle Meany.Federal prosecutors have charged four current and former police officers in Louisville, Kentucky for their roles in the 2020 fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman who was shot in her home in a case that rocked the United States.
Three of the officers, Kyle Meany, Joshua Jaynes and Kelly Goodlett were charged with knowingly using false information to obtain the search warrant that authorised the search of Taylor’s home that led to the botched raid that killed her, US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced in a news conference on Thursday.
A fourth officer, former Detective Brett Hankinson, was charged with civil rights violations for allegedly using excessive force,
“Breonna Taylor should be alive today,” he said.
Federal prosecutors said that Louisville police officers, including Meany and Jaynes, knowingly used false information in an affidavit used to obtain the search warrant that authorised the search of Taylor’s home that led to her shooting.
Taylor was shot and killed by police during a nighttime raid using a ‘no-knock’ warrant – until now, none of the police officers involved had been charged in her death [File: Jeff Dean/AFP]
“We allege that the defendants knew their actions and falsifying the affidavit could create a dangerous situation, and we allege these unlawful acts resulted in Ms Taylor’s death,” Garland said.
Taylor was shot by police who used a “no-knock” warrant for a nighttime raid on her home, surprising her and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker, who were in bed. Walker fired a single shot at what h …

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