FBI arrests four cops charged in black paramedic Breonna Taylor’s death

Four Louisville police officers face federal charges related to the shooting death of Breonna Taylor, the Justice Department announced (Picture: AP)

Four current and former police officers have been arrested by the FBI and charged in the shooting death of a black paramedic in 2020.

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced federal charges against the Louisville Metro police officers on Thursday morning. They were charged with civil rights offenses, unlawful conspiracies, unconstitutional use of force and obstruction offenses.

Breonna Taylor was shot by police who were executing a search warrant.

Joshua Jaynes was immediately taken into custody by the FBI.

This undated file photo provided by the Louisville Metro Police Department shows officer Brett Hankison, who was charged with two civil rights offenses (Picture: AP)

Jaynes, along with two officers involved in the search warrant process, Kelly Hanna Goodlett and Kyle Meaney, face charges for filing a false affidavit.

‘We allege that the defendants knew their actions and created a dangerous situation,’ Garland stated. ‘And we allege that these unlawful acts resulted in Ms Taylor’s death.’

Garland also claimed that Jaynes and Goodlett ‘took steps to cover up’ their actions after Taylor’s death by filing a ‘falsified investigative document’.

According to Garland, Jaynes and Goodlett planned their coverup at a meeting in a garage.

Det. Joshua Jaynes was taken into custody by the FBI

Meaney was charged with lying to the FBI during the federal investigation.

In a separate indictment, former detective Brett Hankison was also charged with two civil rights offenses.

The indictment says Hankison ‘willfully used unconstitutionally excessive force while acting in his official capacity as an officer.’

Hankison allegedly fired ten more shots into a window and a sliding glass door in Taylor’s apartment. Both were covered with blinds or curtains.

Hankison previously faced charges for firing his weapon into Taylor’s neighbor’s apartments. He was acquitted on all charges in March 2022.

‘We share, but we cannot fully imagine the grief felt by Breonna Taylor’s loved ones,’ Garland said as he wrapped up the announcement. ‘Breonna Taylor should be alive today.’

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