Federal civil rights charges are being brought against at least three current and former Louisville Metro Police Department officers for their roles in the police shooting of Breonna Taylor in March 2020.
Federal grand juries indicted former detectives Brett Hankison and Kelly Goodlett this week. Two counts of deprivation of rights under color of law were brought against Hankison, and one count of conspiracy was brought against Goodlett.
In the early hours of March 13, 2020, while police stormed Taylor’s residence, Hankison shot into a nearby flat and was previously charged with wanton endangerment. He was the only cop charged by a grand jury in Kentucky, and he was exonerated earlier this year.
According to various news sources, conspiracy allegations also apply to former detective Joshua Jaynes. An inquiry for comment from WFPL News did not receive a prompt response from Clay.
He informed WDRB that the FBI had arrested Jaynes on Thursday morning.
For lying on the search warrant application for Breonna Taylor’s house, Jaynes was let go from the LMPD. Taylor, who was unarmed, was slain by police in March 2020 while they were executing the search warrant during a late-night raid.
Jaynes twice filed failed appeals against his dismissal.
An update from the Justice Department is anticipated at a news conference this morning.
This article has been updated.