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DOJ File Charges Connected To Breonna Taylor



Breonna Taylor's Murderers Charged By DOJ
Tamika Palmer, Breonna Taylor's mother, prepares to address the media. Image source: REUTERS/Amira Karaoud.

Four Louisville police officers have been charged in connection with the death of Breonna Taylor by the Department of Justice (DOJ).

VICE News also reports that Brett Hankison, Joshua Jaynes, Kelly Hanna Goodlett, and Kyle Meany were all charged by the Department of Justice. These officers are both current and former Louisville officers.

The Department of Justice File Charges

The DOJ arrested and charged Detective Brett Hankison, Joshua Jaynes, and Sgt. Kyle Meany. The Department of Justice also charged but did not arrest Kelly Goodlett.

DOJ Attorney General Merrick Garland announced new charges against four Louisville police officers

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced new charges against four Louisville police officers/ Credit- AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta

Attorney General Merrick Garland spoke at a press conference. He then revealed the charges each officer faced.

Also, none of the charges connect the officers directly to Breonna Taylor’s death.

The Detail of The DOJ Charges

The DOJ charged Detective Hankison with deprivation of civil rights for shooting 10 shots through Taylor’s apartment’s window and glass door.

The DOJ charged Sgt. Meany, Detective Jaynes, and officer Goodlett with conspiracy. Each of them had a role in creating and submitting a false affidavit used to get a search warrant for Taylor’s apartment. DOJ also charged the three officers with attempting to cover up the falsifying of information.

Goodlett and Jaynes met each other in a garage in May 2020. During this meeting, they decided to lie to the DOJ. Goodlett and Jaynes met two months after Taylor was killed in her home.

Jaynes wrote in the false affidavit that Breonna Taylor’s boyfriend was receiving “suspicious packages” at her home. The postal inspector says that this information was incorrect.

Officers charged by DOJ

DOJ charge four Louisville police officers in connection to Breonna Taylor’s Death/ credit- CBS

Facing Other Charges

The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office charged Hankison with wanton endangerment. The Kentucky AG office then acquitted Hankison of these charges.

Goodlett is facing allegations of throwing drinks at citizens from her police vehicle.

A DOJ Investigation Of The Louisville Police Department

The DOJ also investigates the Louisville Metro Police Department. The investigation is looking to see if the Louisville police department is violating the rights of its citizens. This investigation is also separate from the charges against Jaynes, Goodlett, Meany, and Hankinson.

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