Officer involved in deadly raid on Breonna Taylor’s home has been fired

By Jennifer Henderson and Amy Simonson, CNN

(CNN) – One of the officers involved in the deadly raid on Breonna Taylor’s home, Sgt. Kyle Meany, has been fired from the Louisville Metro Police Department.

Louisville Police Chief Erika Shields released the following statement on Friday: “I have made the decision to fire Sergeant Kyle Meany after careful consideration and not with ease. I fully respect the legal process and realize that the Sergeant Meany has yet to appear before a jury of his peers. That being said, he faces multiple federal charges after a lengthy investigation by the DOJ.”

“As an employer, the character of our organization is paramount and it is not reasonable to expect continued employment under such conditions,” its statement continued.

Taylor, a 26-year-old ER technician, was fatally shot in her apartment in a flawed break-in in the early hours of March 13, 2020. Her death, along with those of other black people at the hands of security forces, the order – including George Floyd in Minnesota and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia – sparked a summer of protests calling for police reform.

Meany and two other officers, former Detective Joshua Jaynes and Detective Kelly Goodlett, were charged by the U.S. Justice Department on August 4 with submitting a false affidavit to search Taylor’s home before the Department of Justice raid. the Louisville Metropolitan Police, then to work with other officers. to create a “false cover story in an effort to evade responsibility for their role in preparing the warrant affidavit containing false information,” according to court documents, CNN previously reported.

Ex-detective Brett Hankison was accused of depriving Taylor and a guest at her home “of their constitutional rights by firing shots through a bedroom window covered with blinds and a blackout curtain”, said the DOJ. He is charged with “deliberately using excessive and unconstitutional force…when he fired his service weapon into Taylor’s apartment through a covered window and a covered glass door”.

He is also charged with depriving three of Taylor’s neighbors of their constitutional rights because, according to the indictment, the bullets he fired passed through a wall in Taylor’s home and an adjacent apartment. Hankison, who fired 10 shots at Taylor’s home and was acquitted of wanton state endangerment charges earlier this year, has been charged with two federal counts of deprivation of rights under cover of the law. Only Hankison has been charged at the state level.

The charges mark the first federal charges brought against any of the officers involved in the botched raid. In addition to the civil rights violations, federal authorities have charged the four men with unlawful conspiracy, unconstitutional use of force and obstruction, Attorney General Merrick Garland said earlier this month.

“We share but cannot fully imagine the grief felt by Breonna Taylor’s loved ones and all those affected by the events of March 13, 2020,” Garland said. “Breonna Taylor should be alive today.

A conviction for willfully violating a person’s rights carries a maximum statutory penalty of life in prison when the violation results in death, according to the DOJ. A conviction for obstruction carries a maximum sentence of 20 years, and the conspiracy and false statement charges each carry maximum sentences of five years, the department said.

Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, said she waited 874 days for federal charges to be filed and beat “everything that was sent to break her.” Her daughter’s death took her to “a place we can’t even imagine”, she said.

“Every day was March 13 for me,” Palmer said, referring to the day Taylor was killed in 2020.

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