Breonna Taylor was killed in a bungled raid in 2020, and four current or former police officers in Louisville, Kentucky, have been charged with breaching her civil rights in that incident.
In announcing the charges, U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland stated that the Justice Department claims the offenses “resulted in Ms. Taylor’s death.”
The no-knock warrant utilized to search Taylor’s residence on March 13, 2020 was acquired by Detective Joshua Jaynes of the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department.
Charged with forging an affidavit were Jaynes, Kelly Goodlett, who worked as a detective in the Place-Based Investigations unit that looked into drug trafficking, and Sgt. Kyle Meany, who oversaw the unit.
Brett Hankison was accused of abusing his authority when executing the search warrant in a separate case.
Garland stated that “the federal charges announced today allege that members of the Place-Based Investigations Unit falsely obtained the search warrant for Ms. Taylor’s house” and that “this act violated federal civil rights statutes and that those crimes led to Ms. Taylor’s death.”
Taylor was shot and killed by police during the early morning raid after her partner discharged a revolver against the door, thinking someone was trying to break in.
Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, a convicted drug dealer, was the target of the botched raid but was not present in the apartment at the time. Taylor, according to Jamarcus Glover, had no connection to the narcotics trade.
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Reporter Antonio Planas covers breaking news for NBC News Digital.
Contributors included Daniel Barnes and Laura Strickler.