US Attorney General Merrick Garland announced Thursday that the Justice Department has filed indictments against four former and current Louisville police officers in connection with the death of Breonna Taylor. The charges include civil rights crimes, unlawful conspiracy, unconstitutional use of force and disability crimes.
The Justice Department has conducted a model or practice investigation into the Louisville Police Department since April 2021.
The federal indictments allege that police officers forged the affidavit used to obtain the search warrant for Taylor’s home and that this act violated federal civil rights laws, resulting in her death. Former Louisville detective Kelly Goodlett and officer Joshua Jaynes have been charged with conspiracy for allegedly forging the affidavit for a search warrant, according to the Justice Department.
Charges have also been filed against Brett Hankison, a former Louisville Metro police officer who was involved in the death of Breonna Taylor. Hankison was charged in an indictment with two counts of deprivation of rights under the color of the law, both of which are civil rights violations.
“We share the sadness of Breanna Taylor’s loved ones and everyone affected by the events of March 13, 2020, but we cannot fully imagine it. Breonna Taylor should be alive today,” Garland said during a news conference.
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– ABC News’ Alexander Mallin and Jack Date contributed to this report
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