U.S. Department of Justice today Announce Federal indicts four current or former police officers involved in drug raids killed EMT, 26, and aspiring nurse Breonna Taylor at her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 13, 2020.With one exception, this is the first time any police officer has been charged in connection with the lethal surgery based on a vulnerable and forged search warrant affidavit It depends almost entirely on Taylor’s relationship with ex-boyfriend Jamarcus Glover, an alleged drug dealer.
Former detective Joshua Jaynes, who wrote the affidavit, was charged A willful violation of Taylor’s Fourth Amendment rights by seeking an arrest warrant without valid cause.Ministry of Justice Say His affidavit “contained false and misleading statements, omitted material facts, relied on outdated information, and was not supported by reasonable cause.” Because the resulting search warrant resulted in Taylor’s death, Jaynes may face If convicted, the maximum penalty is life in prison.
Sgt. Kyle Meany, who approved the affidavit and remains employed by the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD), faces the same charges. He was also charged with making false statements to federal investigators alleging that police requested a no-knock search warrant for Taylor’s apartment because the LMPD’s SWAT division had requested it.this crime is punishable Up to five years in prison.
Jaynes was also charged falsified records under federal investigation and with conspiracy “Entered an agreement with another detective to cover up a false search warrant affidavit after Taylor’s death by drafting a false letter of inquiry and making false statements to criminal investigators.” Another detective, Kelly Goodlett, also faces conspiracy charges for “Conspiracy with Jaynes to forge a search warrant against Taylor’s home and cover up their subsequent actions”. Obstruction charges carry up to 20 years in prison and conspiracy charges carry up to 5 years in prison.
One of the defendants previously charged, former detective Brett Hankison, was defendant By blindly firing 10 bullets at “covered windows and covered glass doors,” she violated constitutional rights in the name of the law, endangering Taylor, her boyfriend Kenneth Walker, and three neighbors.Last March, a state jury Acquitted “Wanna Harm” Hankison, based on the same reckless behavior, led him to firedThe federal charge is somewhat different because it is based on willful violations of civil rights and names Taylor and Walker as victims along with their neighbors.
‘Brenna Taylor should be alive today,’ Attorney General Merrick Garland Say. But for Jaynes’ fraudulent search warrant affidavit, she would.
This indictment Listing the charges against Jaynes and Meaney, it said they “know that the affidavit used to obtain the warrant for the search of Taylor’s home contained false, misleading, and outdated information; that the affidavit omitted important information; Probable cause.” They also “know that the search warrant will be executed by armed LMPD officers, which could create a dangerous situation for these officers and anyone who happens to be in Taylor’s home.”
Justice Department says Jaynes wrongly claim He “verified with USPS inspectors” that Glover was receiving packages at Taylor’s address, which Jaynes believed might contain drugs or drug money.Acting Police Chief Yvette Gentry also stressed that when she fired Jaynes. “Detective Jaynes lied when he swore ‘verified by USPS inspectors,'” she wrote. “Detective Jaynes has no contact with USPS inspectors … having independent third-party verification information is strong and convincing [evidence]. It is deceptive to include this in the affidavit as direct verification. “
Jaynes later told local, state and federal investigators that the information about the package actually came from Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, who is said to have “casually” told Jaynes that Glover “just buys or mails packages from Amazon”. That’s not true either, according to the indictment.After the raid, it said, Jaynes called Mattingly “to try to get [him] Said he had told [Jaynes] That [Glover] Received the package at Taylor’s apartment. But in reality, Mattingly told Jaynes “in or around January 2020” that “he had no information that [Glover] Received the package at Taylor’s apartment,” he reiterated in his post-raid conversation.
Jaynes included claims about the package in a letter to investigators reviewed by Goodlett. “Knowing that the sentence is false, [Goodlett] Failed to change the statement or object to it,” the indictment said.[Goodlett] The letter was later signed, which included this false statement. “
Jaynes also told investigators that he “was able to verify through the law enforcement database CLEAR that as of February 20, 2020, [Glover] used [Taylor’s address] as his residence. The indictment alleges that Jaynes and Goodlett “knew at the time that the claim was misleading because, as they knew, [Glover] did not live in [Taylor’s apartment] February 2020. “They” knew the letter contained false and misleading information claiming to associate Breonna Taylor with [Glover]and the letter omits information that would undermine the assertion of an ongoing connection between Taylor and Taylor [Glover]. “
Although the indictment doesn’t mention it, Jaynes’ case for the knock-knocking order is even weaker. “Because of the nature of these drug dealers’ operations, Affiant has requested that knocks be prohibited from entering the premises,” he said. wrote“These drug dealers have a history of trying to destroy evidence, have cameras installed at the scene once they get close to the residence, which can compromise the safety of detectives, and have a history of fleeing law enforcement.”
Aside from Taylor’s relationship with Glover, Jaynes offered zero evidence that she was one of “those drug dealers,” not to mention that she posed a threat to police. Jaynes noted that both Glover and his alleged drug dealing partners face gun charges, suggesting they may be in possession of weapons. But he did not provide any Taylor-specific evidence to justify a bomb ban at her apartment.
During the raid, Hankerson’s indictment Note that he “fired 10 bullets through the window”
and a sliding glass door, both covered with shutters and curtains. “Even “after there was no longer a legitimate target to justify the use of lethal force,” Hankerson “fired five shots from the bedroom window, which was covered with blinds, blackout curtains,” thus endangering Taylor and Walker. He also “Five bullets were fired into the living room…through a sliding glass door covered with shutters and curtains. “Several of the bullets penetrated a nearby apartment, endangering the three who lived there.
As such, Hankerson faces two counts of violating people’s Fourth Amendment rights in the name of the law. Since both “involved the use of a dangerous weapon and attempted murder,” Hankison, if convicted, would may be sentenced “Any number of years or lifetime”.
The federal defendants do not include former detective Myles Cosgrove, who fired the bullet that killed Taylor. Walker responded to the horrific commotion after officers executing a warrant obtained by Jaynes broke into Taylor’s apartment around 12:45 a.m., grabbing a pistol and firing a shot at the intruder, hitting him. Mattingly’s legs. Cosgrove and Mattingly then fired 22 rounds in a dark corridor where Taylor was standing near Walker.
Walker, he reported that night at Telephone For the police, his mother, as well as Taylor’s, has maintained that he did not know the intruder was a police officer. Despite police claims they identified themselves, Walker said he and Taylor had not heard such a statement. nor Neighbors, except for one man who initially agreed but then changed his story Suitable for official accounts.Walker charged with attempted murder of a police officer after raid, but prosecutors fall The indictment, two months later, implicitly admitted that he had strong assertions of self-defense.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron Summarize Cosgrove and Mattingly also acted in self-defense, meaning no criminal charges were necessary.But in a termination letter to Cosgrove in December 2020, Acting Police Commissioner Yvette Gentry Say He failed to “correctly identify the target” when he fired 16 rounds.
“The direction you shot in three distinct directions indicates that you did not identify a specific target,” Gentry wrote. “Instead, you’re firing in a way that’s consistent with suppressing fire, which is in direct contradiction to our training, our values, and our policies.” Cosgrove – who, like Hankerson, mistook police shots (Martinley’s) for Walker’s Shot – Later Say He didn’t even realize he had used a gun.