Four officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor have been charged and arrested. Former detectives Brett Hankison and Joshua Jaynes as well as Detective Kelly Hanna Goodlett and Sgt. Kyle Meany learned their fates on Thursday, Vice reports.
Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland said the charges include two counts of deprivation of civil rights against Hankison, who allegedly fired 10 shots through a window and glass door along the side of Taylor’s Louisville apartment.
The Department of Justice also confirmed that Jaynes, Goodlett and Meany are being charged for conspiracy for violating Taylor’s Fourth Amendment rights. The officers, according to the department, drafted and submitted a false affidavit used to secure a search warrant for Taylor’s residence.
In addition to being accused of falsifying information, the officers face charges for an attempted cover-up afterward.
According to WDRB, Jaynes was fired after former police Chief Yvette Gentry said he lied on the application for the warrant that led officers to Taylor’s apartment in March 2020. Police shot multiple times when they arrived at the apartment and raided the home as part of a larger drug investigation.
Taylor, who was with her boyfriend at the apartment, died in her home after being shot.