4 Current And Former LMPD Officers Face Federal Charges For Breonna Taylor Shooting


The FBI has arrested the former Louisville Metro Police detective who was fired for lying on the search warrant that led to the deadly 2020 raid on Breonna Taylor’s apartment, as well as three others, including the only officer charged by the state in related to Taylor’s fatal shooting.

Joshua Jaynes was taken into custody by the FBI on Thursday morning, said attorney Thomas Clay, who represents Jaynes.

Former Detective Brett Hankison also faces federal charges, according to Stew Mathews, who represented the fired LMPD officer during his Jefferson Circuit Court case for shooting into a nearby occupied apartment during the failed March 2020 raid.

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Clay also said he was told that two other LMPD employees involved in the Taylor case and search warrant, Kelly Hanna Goodlett and Kyle Meany, are also facing federal charges. It was not immediately clear whether they had lawyers to comment.

Clay said it was unclear what the official charges against Jaynes were, but he believes the charges involved conspiracy to falsify data in connection with a federal investigation.

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The charges were not immediately available in the federal court’s tracking system.

The US Department of Justice has scheduled a press conference at 11 a.m. Thursday to announce a “civil rights issue.” Attorney General Merrick Garland and Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke of the Civil Rights Division will speak at the press conference, which will take place at DOJ’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Former Louisville Metro Police detective Joshua Jaynes listens to testimony from Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer during the hearing on Jaynes’ merits. Jaynes was fired for his involvement in the shooting of Breonna Taylor by LMPD officers. June 30, 2021

Clay added that Jaynes has been taken to an Oldham County detention center and that he is not sure when his first court hearing will take place.

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Jaynes was fired in January 2021 for inserting an untruthful statement in his affidavit for the search warrant to search Taylor’s apartment.

LMPD officers fatally shot Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room and black woman, on March 13, 2020, while trying to search her South End apartment, sparking widespread protests across the country.

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In the affidavit, which he swore in front of a judge, Jaynes wrote that he verified through a US postal inspector that Taylor’s ex-boyfriend Jamarcus Glover, a suspected drug trafficker, had packages delivered to her apartment.

But Jaynes had spoken to another officer, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, who had received information from the Shively Police Department, not the Postal Inspector.

Mattingly was shot during the raid by Taylor’s friend, who said he thought intruders broke into the apartment.

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According to those Shively agents, postal inspectors said there were no packages. Police found no drugs or money in Taylor’s apartment after the fatal shooting.

Two other police officers involved in the Taylor case – Myles Cosgrove and Hankison – were also fired for their roles.

Earlier this year, a jury ruled that Hankison was not guilty of wanton endangerment charges related to bullets he fired into an occupied, neighboring apartment during the raid on Taylor’s apartment. He was the only officer charged at the state level in connection with the case.

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The FBI has been investigating Taylor’s death since May 2020, when it opened its “color of law” case that focuses on allegations made by police officers or other officials who have used their authority inappropriately, including excessive force, false arrest or obstruction of justice. the legal process.

Last year, the DOJ also opened a “patterns and practices” investigation into LMPD and the Louisville Metro government.

Garland said last year that the investigation, which is pending, would focus on several areas, including whether the department:

  • use unreasonable force, including during peaceful protests;

  • Involved in unconstitutional detentions, searches and seizures, including unlawful executions of search warrants on private homes;

  • Discrimination against people on the basis of race; and

  • Unable to provide public services in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The DOJ, as part of its investigation, also completed a comprehensive review of LMPD’s policies and training, along with an assessment of the effectiveness of its officer oversight and accountability system, including its investigations of misconduct.

This story is being updated.

Reach Billy Kobin at [email protected]

This article originally appeared in Louisville Courier Journal: Ex-Louisville Police Detective, Officer Indicted in Breonna Taylor Case


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