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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) — The U.S. Department of Justice has charged four former and current Louisville police officers with federal crimes in connection with the fatal raid on the home of Breonna Taylor in 2020.

Former detectives Joshua Jaynes and Brett Hankison and current officers Kyle Meany and Kelly Goodlett are charged with civil rights violations, unlawful conspiracy, unconstitutional use of force and obstruction, Attorney General Merrick Garland said at a press conference Thursday.

The move ends a federal investigation into how police obtained a search warrant for Taylor’s apartment that was not followed up by the previous office of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Cameron said that aspect was part of the Justice Department’s work.

The indictments, made public Thursday, allege that Jaynes and Meany “prepared and approved what they believed to be a false affidavit in support of a search warrant at Ms. Taylor’s home,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Kristen Clarke said in Washington. “That false statement set in motion the events that led to Ms. Taylor’s death when other LMPD officers executed that warrant.”

While Jaynes, Hankison and Meany were indicted federally, Goodlett was an “indictment by information,” which usually means she has pleaded guilty or intends to plead guilty. She was charged with one count of conspiracy.

Goodlett is scheduled to appear in U.S. District Court on Aug. 12. It is unclear if she retained a defense attorney.

Louisville Metropolitan Police Department Superintendent Erika Shields said in a statement that she is beginning termination procedures for Meany and Goodlett. Hankison and Jaynes have already been fired.

“While we must refer all matters related to this federal investigation to the FBI, it is critical that any illegal or inappropriate law enforcement actions be fully addressed in order to continue our efforts to build police and community trust,” the statement said.

Attorney Brian Butler, representing Meany, declined to comment. Meany is accused of lying to the FBI.

Hankison was the only officer previously charged in the raid. District Court of Jefferson County the jury found him not guilty of unreasonable endangerment charges this year.

Attorney Stew Mathews, who represented Hankison in his state trial, said Hankison turned himself in earlier today but had no additional information.

Jaynes’ attorney, Thomas Clay, declined to comment.

Jaynes, Meany and Hankison face a maximum sentence of life in prison. Goodlett faces up to five years in prison.

In a statement, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said that “after two long years of relentless investigation, today’s charges are an important step forward in bringing justice to Breonna Taylor. My thoughts are with Mrs. Tamika Palmer, Breonna’s mother and others who loved and cared for Breonna.”

Fischer said he understood many people felt the case had taken too long, but “there can be no reference to due process, no reference to justice.”

Taylor family and other supporters welcomed the report from the Department of Justice. During a press conference in Jefferson Square Park, 2020. At the center of the protests following Taylor’s death, attorney Ben Crump referred to the well-known civil rights leader Dr. A quote by Martin Luther King Jr.

“As Dr. King said, the moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice,” Crump said. “Well today he turned to Breona Taylor.”

Warranty issues

Jaynes asked the referee approve a search warrant Taylor at home the day before the early morning raid in 2020. March 13 In an affidavit before Jefferson Circuit Judge Mary Shaw, he claimed that a postal inspector verified that drug suspect Jamarcus Glover, who had dated Taylor, used Taylor’s home to receive packages.

Glover was at the center of a Louisville police drug investigation. Garland noted that the warrant on Taylor’s home was executed around the same time police served other warrants on suspected drug houses on the city’s west side, about 10 miles away.

“The affidavit falsely states that officers verified that the target of the alleged drug trafficking operation received packages at Ms. Taylor’s address,” Garland said. “In fact, defendants Jaynes and Goodlett knew this was not true.”

Tony Gooden, US Postal Inspector in Louisville, told WDRB news in 2020 Louisville police disagreed with his office in May. He said that another law enforcement agency in 2020 month of January. asked his office to investigate whether any potentially suspicious mail was traveling to the department. The local office concluded that this was not the case.

“There aren’t any exciting packages out there,” Gooden said.

Garland also accused police of covering up his “unlawful conduct” after Taylor’s death. He said Jaynes and Goodlett “conspired to knowingly falsify an investigative document” after the shooting and “agreed to tell investigators a false story.”

Jaynes’ indictment alleges that in 2020 in April or May, he tried to get an LMPD officer identified as “JM” to say that he had previously told Jaynes that Glover had been receiving packages at Taylor’s home. But in January of that year, “JM” told Jaynes he had no information to back that up, according to the indictment.

The indictment alleges that around 2020, Jaynes and Goodlett May 1st submitted a “fake letter of inquiry” to forensics.

Around May 17 Jaynes texted Goodlett that a criminal investigator wanted to meet with him after Gooden’s account was reported contradicting information in the warrant affidavit, according to the indictment. (WDRB published the postal inspector’s comments on May 15.)

The indictment says Jaynes and Goodlett met on the night of May 17 in Jaynes’ garage, where Jaynes allegedly told Goodlett “that they needed to get on the same page because they could both go down for providing false information on the Springfield Drive warrant affidavit.”

During that meeting, they “agreed to tell investigators a false story,” the indictment said.

Then, on May 19, Jaynes “falsely claimed” to LMPD Public Integrity Unit investigators that “JM” had told him and Goodlett in January that Glover had received packages at Taylor’s apartment, according to the indictment.

The indictment says Goodlett in 2020 August. made a similar claim to investigators at the Kentucky Attorney General’s Office. Jaynes 2022 told FBI investigators in June that JM “made a casual comment” that Glover was receiving “mail or Amazon packages.” “In the Springfield Drive apartment.

“No package history”

LMPD established internal investigation that Louisville officials asked two members of the Shively Police Department to check with the postal inspector. They were told that no packages were being sent to Taylor’s home.

in 2020 May 18 interview with LMPD Public Integrity Unit Shively Police Sgt. Timothy Salyer said he asked Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, the officer who was shot and wounded during the Taylor raid, about the search warrant affidavit he read after the shooting.

“Skt. Mattingly stated that he told Detective Jaynes that there was no history of shipments at this address,” Salyer told investigators, according to a summary of the conversation.

The summary states that in 2020 In mid-January, Mattingly initially contacted Salyer and Detective Mike Kuzma of Shively’s department at Jaynes’ request to learn about packages being sent to Taylor’s apartment. Salyer said he was asked because he had a good relationship with the Louisville postal inspector.

In his interview, Salyer told LMPD investigators that he told Mattingly that “there were no packages received at this address, and neither was the post office.”

Salyer said he was later contacted by two other LMPD officers, Detectives Mike Nobles and Kelly Hanna, about any packages arriving at Taylor’s home, and said he “told them the same information,” according to the summary.

in 2020 on April 10, about a month after Taylor was fatally shot by police, Salyer said he received a text from Jaynes asking again about any packages being sent to Taylor’s home.

“(Salyer) told Detective Jaynes that no packages had been delivered to the address in several months and the location was marked in case any were found and the postal inspector would be notified,” the summary said.

Jaynes also asked if Glover was getting any “mail stuff” and Salyer said he would check.

“Skt. Sayler (sic) was confused as to why Detective Jaynes contacted him nearly a month after the shooting to inquire about delivering packages to the address,” the summary states.

The nobles said they were confused by “conflicting information and statements”, the summary said.

Asked if she was going to issue a precedent-setting order why Jaynes should not be held in contempt for providing false information in the affidavit, Judge Shaw said she was “concerned but deferring to the FBI’s investigation.”

Jaynes was fired from the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department in January for lying. He applied to the police merit board, which in 2021 in June affirmed the termination and then to the Jefferson County Circuit Court.

Judge also supported the shootingruling this June that “the heart of this case is the truth of Mr. Jaynes’ statement in the search warrant application.”

Clay, his attorney, appealed the decision.

Hankison was charged with two counts of deprivation of rights for firing into a bedroom window in Taylor’s apartment, which was “covered by blinds and a dark curtain” because “there was no longer a legitimate purpose justifying the use of deadly force.”

He also faces charges for firing through the wall of Taylor’s apartment into an adjacent apartment, endangering three people, including a 3-year-old boy.

Taylor was in the apartment with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker.

LMPD claimed that even though Jaynes had a “do not knock” warrant, police repeatedly knocked on Taylor’s door and announced themselves before entering.

Walker said he never heard the police report themselves and believed the couple had been robbed. He fired a shot that hit Mattingly in the leg.

Police responded with 32 shots, hitting Taylor six times. A 26-year-old man died at the scene.

No drugs were found in her home.

Garland said the former detectives who fired the shots that hit Taylor — Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove — were not charged because they were unaware of the false information in the search warrant.

After the arrests, Mattingly tweeted, “The FBI used task forces to raid the home of Officer 4/Former Officer early this morning in connection with the Breonna Taylor case. This is political theater. These officers cooperated. Didn’t need this show. force”.

This story may be updated.

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