Breonna Taylor, who died in bed at her home in Louisville, Kentucky, on March 13, 2020, after an anti-drug campaign based on false data failed an anti-drug campaign, became the second most talked-about name in racial protests after the death of George Floyd . , in Minneapolis (Minnesota), barely a few months later. Unlike the Floyd case, where criminal convictions have been established, the Brianna case did not result in a conviction.
But the Justice Department announced this Thursday that two police officers still active and two others who have already left the body have been indicted in federal proceedings for various crimes, including Taylor, a 26-year-old black woman. including infringement of civil rights. He was working in a hospital emergency room when agents launched a search operation without warning.
Attorney General Merrick Garland (equivalent to Attorney General) has argued that this rape ended in Taylor’s “result in death”. “Bryona must still be alive,” Garland insisted.
Former Detective Joshua Jaynes and two police officers still on the force, Detectives Kelly Goodlett and Sergeant Kyle Meaney, are accused of falsifying information to obtain a search warrant for the young woman’s apartment.
Brett Hankinson, another former detective who shot ten times from an outdoor patio on that occasion, not being able to see who the bullets were aimed at, has been charged with two counts of civil rights deprivation. He was acquitted in March of three counts of reckless endangerment, facing only one state prosecution in connection with the case (not for Taylor’s death, but for recklessly shooting neighbors).
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All four officers face lengthy prison sentences if found guilty.
If found guilty at trial, all four face lengthy prison sentences. As soon as these federal charges were revealed, Minneapolis Police Chief, Erica Shields, announced the conclusion of the internal process for the expulsion of Goodlett and Meaney.
According to federal prosecutors’ story, Jaynes, Meaney and Goodlett knew at the time of requesting the search warrant that it was not true that Taylor had allegedly received packages prescribed for her partner with drugs. As they arrived without revealing their identity, Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, thought someone had broken in to commit the theft and opened fire with a pistol, which was perfectly legal. He hit an officer in the leg. There was a barrage of bullets and Taylor took several hits. Walker said he was unaware that the intruders were police officers and was later absolved of any criminal responsibility.
Louisville police have fired Detective Miles Cosgrove, who the FBI determined fired the bullet that killed Taylor. None of Hankinson’s ten shots hit the victim.
The federal investigation revealed, as the indictment points out, that Jaynes and Goodlett met in the garage of the former home, two months after Taylor’s death, and agreed to falsely state in an affidavit that a sergeant had given them existence. was informed about. Package and shipment to Brianna’s apartment.
At a news conference, Ben Crump, one of the lawyers for the victim’s family, described the federal initiative as “a great step towards justice.” He has insisted that it is “about Bryona and all Bryona’s in America.”
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Brianna’s mother is confident it will be a step to get justice: “I’ve waited 874 days to date, and now it’s here”
Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, has told reporters that the Justice Department’s action is welcome, but her daughter’s death at the hands of police is very painful.
“I have waited 874 days till date, and now it is here,” he insisted.