JUST IN | DOJ charges 4 former and current Louisville police officers with federal crimes in fatal raid on Breonna Taylor’s home in 2020;

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The action caps a federal investigation that looked at how police obtained the search warrant for Taylor’s apartment, something a prior state investigation by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office did not pursue. 

The indictments allege that Jaynes and Meany “drafted and approved what they knew was a false affidavit to support a search warrant for Ms. Taylor’s home,” Assistant U.S. Attorney General Kristen Clarke said in Washington. “That false affidavit set in motion events that led to Ms. Taylor’s death when other LMPD officers executed that warrant.”

While Jaynes, Hankison and Meany were federally indicted, Goodlett was “charged on information,” which typically means she has likely already pleaded guilty. She was charged with one count of conspiracy. 

Goodlett has a hearing scheduled in U.S. District Court on Aug. 12. 

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

The department referred all other questions to the FBI. 

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

Hankison previously was the only officer charged in the raid. A Jefferson County jury found him not guilty of wanton endangerment charges earlier this year.

Attorney Stew Mathews, who represented Hankison for his state trial, said Hankison turned himself in earlier today but didn’t have any additional information. 

Jaynes attorney Thomas Clay declined to comment. 

Jaynes asked a judge to approve a search warrant for Taylor’s home a day before the early-morning raid on March 13, 2020. He claimed in an affidavit that a postal inspector verified that drug suspect Jamarcus Glover, who had dated Taylor, was using Taylor’s home to receive parcels.

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

Garland also accused police of covering up their “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 says he and Goodlett met on May 17, 2020 in Jaynes’ garage, where Jaynes allegedly told Goodlett “that they needed to get on the same page because they could both go down for putting false information in the Springfield Drive warrant affidavit.”  

The affidavit claimed Jaynes had “verified” through a U.S. postal inspector that Glover had been receiving packages at Taylor’s apartment, adding that it’s not “uncommon” for drug traffickers to receive items at different locations.

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