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The FBI has arrested four current and former Louisville police officers, sources told VICE News: Brett Hankison, Joshua Jaynes, Kelly Hanna Goodlett and Kyle Meany.
The FBI has arrested four current and former Louisville Metropolitan Police officers who were in some way involved in the deadly raid that killed 26-year-old Breonna Taylor, according to multiple sources.
The officers, who were taken into custody Thursday morning, include former Detectives Brett Hankison and Joshua Jaynes, as well as Detective Kelly Hanna Goodlett and Sgt. Kyle Meany.
Arrest and Charge
The Justice Department confirmed the arrests at a press conference Thursday morning during which US Attorney General Merrick Garland explained the charges. They include two counts of disenfranchisement against Hankison for firing 10 shots through a window and glass door on the side of Taylor’s apartment.
The other three officers, Jaynes, Goodlett and Meany, have been charged with conspiracy to violate Taylor’s Fourth Amendment rights due to their role in drafting and filing a false affidavit used to obtain a search warrant for the residence. by Taylor.
No officers have been directly charged in Taylor’s death, including the officer who shot him, Myles Cosgrove, though he was fired 9 months after the deadly raid.
Hankison was not part of the initial investigation that led to the search warrant for Taylor’s apartment, but he played a critical role in the execution of the warrant during which she was killed.
He was fired in the summer of 2020 for what the department described as “extreme disregard for the value of human life” and was later charged by the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office with three counts of wanton endangerment of bullets that entered the apartment of one of Taylor’s neighbors. Hankison was acquitted earlier this year.