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Four current and former Louisville Metro Police Department cops have been arrested and charged by the FBI for their role in the death of Breonna Taylor.
Attorney General Merrick Garland delivered the news at a Department of Justice press conference Thursday morning.
“Earlier today I spoke with the family of Breonna Taylor. This morning they were informed that the Justice Department has charged four current and former Louisville Metro Police Department officers with federal crimes related to Ms. Taylor’s death,” said Garland.
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Those charged include former LMPD officers Joshua Jaynes, Brett Hankison, and Kelly Hanna Goodlett. Current LMPD sergeant Kyle Meany was also arrested Thursday by the feds.
The crimes that the four were charged with include civil rights offenses, unlawful conspiracies, unconstitutional use of force, and obstruction offenses.
Jaynes has been accused by the DOJ for falsifying the search warrant that led to Breonna Taylor’s death.
Before today, only one officer had been charged with anything relating to the case. Former officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment for the three bullets he fired that missed Taylor and entered a neighboring apartment that was occupied by a pregnant woman, man, and child.
Despite no officers being held responsible by the state for their role in Breonna Taylor’s death, the city of Louisville paid out a $12 million settlement to her family.
At Thursday’s press conference Garland said the four officers “took steps to cover up their unlawful conduct after Ms. Taylor was killed.”
“We allege that defendants [Joshua] Jaynes and [Kelly Hanna] Goodlett conspired to knowingly falsify an investigative document…those two defendants met in a garage where they agreed to tell investigators a false story,” Garland said.