A former Kentucky police detective will plead guilty to federal charges for the 2020 fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor, her lawyer has said.Kelly Goodlett, formerly with the Louisville Police Department, intends to plead guilty to helping falsify a search warrant and filing a false report, his attorney, Brandon Marshall said in court Friday, The Washington Post reported.Ms Goodlett, who was released on $10,000 bond, plans to enter her plea during her next hearing in a Western District court on 22 August.
Will there ﬁnally be justice for Breonna Taylor? It seems the scales of justice are ﬁnally starting to tilt in that direction. Last week United States Attorney General Merrick Garland announced that the Department of Justice was handing out federal indictments to former and current police ofﬁcers instrumental in the death of Breonna Taylor on March 13, 2020. Calls for federal intervention in the case arose from the failure of local and state ofﬁcials such as Kentucky state attorney Daniel Cameron to prosecute the police ofﬁcers involved in Taylor’s untimely demise. Cameron made the unwise decision to turn a blind eye to justice and bow to the pressure of unseen forces that sustain the foundation of White supremacy in this country, especially in the South. The facts in this case are so overwhelming that the only thing that can be said for the lack of local and state charges is that there was an active effort to cover up the circumstances that led up to Taylor’s murder, and the aftermath. Police involved in a cover-up would be nothing new to Black communities. More than $3.2 billion has been paid to Americans because of unwarranted and trigger-happy policing. Where did that $3.2 billion dollars originate? Directly from our taxes. The reality of abolishing the police may be unrealistic, but to have a systemic restructuring of what law enforcement looks like is a worthy discussion. Inside the federal indictment, we get a pretty good glimpse of how the modern-day police department mirrors the slave patty-rollers or slave patrol, comprised of White southerners usually of a low economic status, hired by wealthy White southerners to patrol the roads for possible runaway slaves. The modern-day incarnation of the patty-rollers, today’s law enforcement, have retained many unsavory qualities of its White supremacist past. The indictment alleges an important detail: Why were the police at Taylor’s home that fateful morning with a search warrant? The Louisville Metro Police Department said that the warrant was for alleged drug trafﬁcking originating from Taylor’s apartment and that Taylor’s boyfriend was a known drug dealer. As more information became available, it was not her current live-in boyfriend who was the alleged drug dealer, but Taylor’s former boyfriend, who would be arrested ﬁve months later on subsequent drug charges. The intended target was ten miles away from Taylor’s home. How was it that a team of police ofﬁcers arrived at Taylor’s door? Lies. The DOJ indictment accuses Detectives Myles Cosgrove, Kelly Goodlett and Joshua Jaynes, and Sgt. Kyle Meany of “preparing a false search warrant afﬁdavit that resulted in Breonna Taylor’s death.” The indictment charges “Detective Kelly Goodlett with conspiring with Jaynes to falsify the search warrant for Taylor’s home and to cover up their actions afterward.” Goodlett, a White woman by the way, was in on the ground floor of this caper, and met up with Jaynes “in his garage” after Taylor’s murder “to get their stories straight,” according to civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump. It angers and frustrates to no end the way Black people are regarded in this country. Nobody cares that Taylor was an asset to her community. Nobody cares that this Black woman had dreams. All Taylor was to former ofﬁcers Jaynes, Meany, and Goodlett was an expendable Black body that could add another ribbon on their uniform or another notch on the ladder toward a promotion. The ofﬁcers who performed the noknock warrant were not charged in the indictment. Former ofﬁcers Jaynes, Meany, and Myles Cosgrove, all turned themselves in last week to a federal courthouse in Louisville and could face up to life in a federal prison. But Goodlett was not among them. Sources report that Goodlett may have reached a guilty plea deal with DOJ in exchange for information regarding the case. Goodlett could receive up to ﬁve years in prison for her part in Taylor’s murder. But why did state attorney Cameron deliberately fail to prosecute the officers responsible for the death of Breonna Taylor? It is plausible that he had the same information that Garland obtained. Are Black bodies as insignificant to him, a Black man, as they are to his White Kentucky counterparts? The Black community in Louisville deserves adequate answers to these questions and others that have arisen in light of the federal indictments against the ofﬁcers responsible for the murder of Breonna Taylor.
WLKY NEWS. THANK YOU, MARK. NEWT TONIGHT A FORMER LAPD OFFICER FACING A FEDERAL CHARGE IN CONNECTION TO THE RAID AT BREONNA TAYLOR APARTMENT IS EXPECTED TO PLEAD GUILTY LATER THIS MONTH. A FEDERAL HEARING WAS HELD TODAY FOR KELLY GOODLATTE, WHO IS CHARGED WITH CONSPIRACY. SHE’S ONE OF FOUR LAPD OFFICERS INDICTED BY A FEDERAL GRAND JURY LAST WEEK FOR LYING TO OBTAIN A SEARCH WARRANT FOR TAYLOR’S HOME. THE U.S. ATTORNEY’S OFFICE SAYS GOODLATTE ALSO MET WITH ANOTHER LAPD OFFICER, JOSHUA JAYNES, AND AGREED TO LIE TO INVESTIGATORS AFTER THE RAID THAT LED TO TAYLOR’S DEATH. GOOD
Former Louisville Metro Police Detective Kelly Hannah Goodlett will plead guilty to one count of conspiring to violate the civil rights of Breonna Taylor for helping falsify an affidavit for the search of her apartment in March 2020.Goodlett, 35, will appear Aug. 22 before U.S. District Judge David Hall to enter her plea, her lawyer, Brandon Marshall, announced in court Friday.Magistrate Judge Regina Edwards ordered Goodlett to surrender her passport and have no contact with her codefendants ― Sgt. Kyle Meany and former detectives Joshua Jaynes and Brett Hankison.Related:Louisville police chief moves to fire cop charged in Breonna Taylor case; another retiresGoodlett was expected to plead guity ― and testify against her colleagues ― because she was charged by information rather than indicted. She faces a sentence of no more than five years in prison.The charging document says Goodlett falsely claimed a postal inspector had verified Taylor was receiving packages for her ex-boyfriend, convicted drug dealer Jamarcus Glover, at her apartment before the raid.Goodlett, a detective in the now-disbanded Place-Based Investigations, also is charged with knowingly conspiring with Jaynes and others to falsify the search warrant affidavit.The indictment alleges Goodlett met with Jaynes in his garage to “get on the same page” after a postal inspector said the claim that Taylor was receiving Glover's packages was bogus.Jaynes, 40, and Meany, 35, also face civil rights charges for the search that ended in Taylor's death, while Hankison, 46, is charged with violating the civil rights of Taylor; her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker; and three of Taylor’s neighbors; by blindly firing shots into her apartment.Taylor was killed during a police raid on her apartment near Iroquois Park when Walker, thinking an intruder was breaking in, fired one shot that hit Sgt. John Mattingly in the leg. He and another detective, Myles Cosgrove, returned fire, killing Taylor.FACT CHECK 2.0:Separating the truth from the lies in the Breonna Taylor police shootingShe was 26, and her death set off protests that lasted for months in Louisville and other cities.Mattingly has since retired, and Cosgrove was fired. Neither has been charged because U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said "the officers who ultimately carried out the search at Taylor's apartment were not involved in the drafting of the warrant and were unaware of the false and misleading statements that it contained."Andrew Wolfson: 502-582-7189; email@example.com; Twitter: @adwolfson.
Former Louisville detective Kelly Goodlett intends to plead guilty this month to federal charges in connection to the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor, marking what would be the first conviction in a case that sparked months of racial justice protests in that city and across the country.Goodlett and her attorney, Brandon Marshall, along with Mike Songer, an attorney representing the Justice Department, confirmed her plea agreement during an online court hearing Friday before Magistrate Judge Regina S. Edwards in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Kentucky. Edwards set an in-person hearing Aug. 22 to entertain that plea and released Goodlett on a $10,000 bond.Goodlett is accused of helping falsify a search warrant and filing a false report to cover it up, which could carry a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.Her testimony could be crucial as federal prosecutors pursue charges against three others — Sgt. Kyle Meany, former detective Joshua Jaynes and former detective Brett Hankison. They are charged with more serious civil rights offenses and could face life sentences if convicted.Goodlett resigned from the police department last week after she and her three former colleagues were charged in connection with Taylor’s death in March 2020. But unlike the others — — Goodlett was not indicted. Rather, her charges were filed in a sealed “information,” which analysts said usually indicates a defendant has agreed to a plea deal with the government.Meany, Jaynes and Hankison have pleaded not guilty, court records show.Only Hankinson was charged at the state level in connection with the fatal shooting, which was a catalyst for the massive racial justice protests that swept the nation in 2020. A jury acquitted him of wanton endangerment for shots that entered a neighboring apartment.The federal government is trying a different approach, charging current and former Louisville police in connection with what court filings allege as an overzealous and imperious narcotics investigations unit that used reckless tactics and knowingly put local residents in danger with no legal justification.Hankison is charged with violating the civil rights of Taylor, her boyfriend and their neighbors when he allegedly fired several shots through a bedroom window and through a sliding-glass door — both of which were covered with blinds and a curtain.Four officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s killing face federal chargesThe federal case, built on an extensive FBI investigation, also targets three defendants who were not directly involved in the raid on Taylor’s apartment. Like Goodlett, Jaynes and Meany are charged with falsifying the search warrant affidavit as part of a Place-Based Investigations unit. Prosecutors allege that the two men knowingly included outdated and false information.Although Goodlett’s file remains sealed, the Justice Department said in a news release that she conspired with Jaynes twice: first on the affidavit; and again after Taylor’s shooting, to try to cover up the alleged disinformation.Barbara McQuade, a former U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, said the prosecutors’ decision to focus much of their legal attention on the preparation of the affidavit, rather than the shooting of Taylor, could offer better prospects for a conviction, since the criminal justice system broadly protects the use of force by police who believe they are in danger.The hidden billion-dollar cost of police misconductTaylor, 26, was killed when plainclothes police officers burst into her apartment to carry out a search warrant in a drug probe. Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend, fired a shot with his legally owned gun, striking an officer in the leg. He later said he did not realize the people who had entered the apartment were law enforcement officers. Several officers shot back, killing Taylor.Investigators believe the fatal shots were fired by Myles Cosgrove, who was fired by the department but not criminally charged.The Justice Department strategy “was a clever one,” McQuade said.“There was a shooting, and someone died, and perhaps it was a crime, but it’s very difficult, as everyone knows, to prove a case in a police shooting because police officers have the authority to use deadly force,” McQuade explained. “To focus on the shooting itself was unlikely to go anywhere. What Justice did here was go back a step.”Thomas Clay, an attorney for Jaynes, said he’s concerned about the possibility that Goodlett may have provided information to prosecutors. He said the federal government should not be prosecuting anyone involved in the case — especially not those who applied for the warrant.“The reaction I’ve gotten from people in the law enforcement community has been pretty much shock and outrage,” Clay said. “They think that these prosecutions are unjustified and they’re politically motivated.”Attorneys for Meany did not respond to requests for comment. Court records do not list lawyers for Goodlett and Hankison.Breonna Taylor’s death sparked police reform in Louisville. But the path forward is complicated.The federal prosecution will also rekindle the spotlight on Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R), who was criticized for his handling of the case at the state level and now is running for governor.Attorney Kevin Glogower represents three former grand jurors who faulted Cameron for limiting the state probe of Taylor’s death to the shooting itself and not allowing them to consider broader charges, including related to the creation of the search warrant. Glogower said he spoke to two of those jurors after the federal charges were announced, and they expressed feelings of validation.“They were like, ‘We told you so,’ ” Glogower said.Although attorneys for Kenneth Walker, who was Taylor’s boyfriend, are pursuing a civil lawsuit against the former officers, Glogower said he does not expect more criminal charges.“The question we have in the community is, ‘Does this show us anything for the pattern or practice investigation?’ ” Glogower said, referring to the Justice Department’s ongoing civil probe into the Louisville police department. That investigation, launched last year, is likely to lead to a court-ordered consent decree that will mandate a broad set of changes.Walker, through his attorney, said in a statement that the charging of the four officers by the Justice Department was “bittersweet because, regardless, Bre isn’t coming back.”“I want to thank the FBI and DOJ for believing me and for their honest commitment to justice,” he said. “And I want to thank everyone who has been saying Breonna’s name since the beginning and everyone who continues to say it as this fight continues.”Cameron, who is vying for a chance to unseat Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) in next year’s election, has defended his handling of Taylor’s case, saying his office had been tasked only with determining whether the officers who carried out the search warrant were criminally responsible for Taylor’s death.Representatives of Cameron’s office and his campaign did not respond to requests for comment. But in a statement after the federal charges were announced, he urged people not to “conflate what happened today with the state law investigation undertaken by our office.”“There are those … who want to use this moment to divide Kentuckians, misrepresent the facts of the state investigation, and broadly impugn the character of our law enforcement community,” Cameron said in the statement. “I won’t participate in that sort of rancor.”Breonna Taylor’s city is ‘in crisis.’ A new police chief tasked with healing brings her own baggage.Before the federal indictments were announced, Taylor’s family had called for all the officers involved in the raid to be charged, said Ben Crump, an attorney for the family.“Anybody who pulled the trigger or a bullet hit Breonna Taylor, especially since the family believes that the officers should have never been at her apartment,” he said. “With that said, the family is grateful that the Department of Justice did bring some charges.”Cliff Sloan, a Georgetown law teacher who is helping represent Walker, said the federal intervention “is exactly the important role that the Department of Justice can and should play in a case like this — vindicating very important constitutional principles and very important civil rights protections, and when it does seem like there was inadequate enforcement on the state and local level.”
(NewsNation) — A former Louisville, Kentucky, police officer is expected to appear in federal court Friday on charges connected to the drug raid that led to the death of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman whose fatal shooting helped fuel the racial justice protests that rocked the nation in 2020. Former Louisville Metropolitan Police Department officer Kelly Goodlett was among four officers facing charges, including unlawful conspiracy, use of force and obstruction of justice. Goodlett has pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy, Taylor family attorney Ben Crump said on Aug. 4, though records on her court proceedings were sealed. Goodlett faces up to five years in prison. Justice Dept. asks court to unseal Mar-a-Lago search warrant Former officers Joshua Jaynes and Brett Hankison, along with current Sgt. Kyle Meany, also face charges. At the time charges were released, Goodlett was an officer; she submitted her resignation on Aug. 5, The Courier-Journal reported. Louisville Metro Police Chief Erika Shields is seeking to terminate Meany. Jaynes and Goodlett allegedly conspired to falsify an investigative document that was written after Taylor’s death, Garland said. Federal investigators also allege that Meany, who testified at Hankison’s trial, lied to the FBI during its investigation. Federal officials filed a separate charge against Goodlett, alleging she conspired with Jaynes to falsify Taylor’s warrant affidavit. Garland alleged that Jaynes and Goodlett met in a garage in May 2020 “where they agreed to tell investigators a false story.” Russia confirms prisoner swap negotiations for release of Griner, Whelan Taylor, a 26-year-old Black medical worker, was shot to death by Louisville officers who had knocked down her door while executing a search warrant. Taylor’s boyfriend fired a shot that hit one of the officers as they came through the door and they returned fire, striking Taylor multiple times. Taylor’s killing sparked protests and calls for racial justice across the country. The Taylor case also prompted a review of the city’s “no-knock” warrant policy. Officers at Taylor’s door said they knocked and announced they were police even though the warrant didn’t require that. Those types of warrants, used in drug investigations to attempt to prevent the destruction of evidence, were later banned in the city of Louisville. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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U.S. On Thursday, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced federal charges in connection with the death of Breonna Taylor. Taylor died in March 2020 as a result of a search warrant that was obtained using false and misleading information, according to the DOJ’s charges against four current and former Louisville police officers. The officers must be charged and found guilty if the DOJ can support its case. But one has to wonder: Is justice the end goal here? The federal Justice Department now routinely launches an investigation into each high-profile police killing. While it makes sense to hold police accountable when they use physical force against civilians, these investigations always seem to turn the disputed incident into a criticism of the entire police force. This occurred in April 2021, a year after Breonna’s passing, in Baltimore following the deaths of Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, and Laquan McDonald. And the sad reality is that the majority of these investigations end up being government proxies for mob justice. The officers involved in these incidents—with the exception of the death of Laquan McDonald—were exonerated, but later it was discovered that their police departments had engaged in ambiguous acts of discrimination. Even worse, the departments—and, in turn, the citizens it is supposed to protect—were in a worse situation than they were before the investigations. Is that what you would call justice? The situаtion involving Emmett Till’s аccuser is similаr. The 14-yeаr-old boy nаmed Emmett Till wаs brutаlly killed in 1955 аfter being аccused of whistling аt а white womаn, а chаrge thаt womаn lаter denied. Till, аs well аs both of his killers—Roy Bryаnt аnd his brother-in-lаw J.W. Milаm lаter аdmitted to the crime, but he wаs never imprisoned for а single dаy. The erroneous аccuser, however, is still аlive аnd wаs recently cаptured in а photo аt her residence in Kentucky. Following аn unclаimed wаrrаnt for Ms., this sighting—the first time she hаs been seen in neаrly 20 yeаrs—cаme аs а surprise. Finding Donhаm’s аrrest hаs occurred. Since then, Till’s fаmily hаs been requesting justice аnd proposing а citizen’s аrrest. Of course, it’s impossible to аvoid feeling sorry for the fаmily. However, Bryаnt аnd Milаm, who killed Till, hаve been deаd for 30 аnd 40 yeаrs, respectively, аnd Till hаs been deаd for аlmost 70 yeаrs. Donhаm, who wаs 21 yeаrs old when she mаde the fаlse аccusаtion, is currently 88 yeаrs old, legаlly blind, аnd bаttling cаncer. The government is powerless to bring the Till fаmily justice. So whаt would justice look like? Perhаps the DOJ should consider аlleging civil rights violаtions аgаinst progressive prosecutors for willful endаngering of public sаfety. According to а recent New York Post аrticle, 10 cаreer criminаls hаve been аrrested 500 times аs а result of progressive bаil reform lаws, аnd the mаjority of them аre still free on bаil. In а recent stаtement, Mаyor Eric Adаms sаid, “Our criminаl justice system is insаne. He is correct, аnd it is due to the decisions mаde by elected officiаls who fаvor protecting criminаls over the victims of their crimes, the citizens. Of course, it’s not just New York where it’s hаppening. Just one brutаl instаnce occurred eаrlier this yeаr in Chicаgo, where а judge heаrd аrguments from Anthony Brown regаrding а weаpons chаrge. Lаter thаt dаy, while still sporting аn аnkle monitor, he kidnаpped а Lyft driver аnd killed а 15-yeаr-old boy. The leаst we cаn do for the government officiаls who аre аctively undermining public sаfety in their quest to do whаt feels right is to do the sаme for them. After аll, if we’re going to pursue justice in murder cаses thаt аre 70 yeаrs old аnd in which we know the killers аre deаd аnd bring in federаl investigаtors to аppeаse аctivists. The Chаrles Love Show is hosted by Chаrles Love, who is аlso the executive director of Seeking Educаtionаl Excellence аnd the аuthor of “Rаce Crаzy: BLM, 1619, аnd the Progressive Rаcism Movement.” The аuthor’s own opinions аre presented in this piece.
Organizations have united for a second time to free the leader of a Black militia group that participated in the Breonna Taylor protests. The National Action Network and several other grassroots activist organizations co-hosted a town hall meeting on Thursday to call for the release of John Fitzgerald Johnson from the Oldham County Detention Center. Supporters say Johnson, who is better known as Grand Master Jay, has been unjustly charged and convicted in federal court and is being held as a political prisoner. Back in May, Johnson was found guilty by a federal grand jury of assaulting and pointing a firearm at law enforcement officials during a racial justice protest in downtown Louisville the night before the 2020 Kentucky Derby. "You have to think, it was 5,000 people on the ground. So if somebody had been on the roof and shot down, a lot of lives would've been affected. He didn't do anything but use his military skills to look through the eye of the gun to see who was up there. No one got shot. No one got killed. He did this so we could come together in the fight of Breonna Taylor," said Pastor Nikki, Keeping it 100 Ministries. Johnson is scheduled to be sentenced in Kentucky U.S. District Court on Nov. 9. Organizations have united for a second time to free the leader of a Black militia group that participated in the Breonna Taylor protests. The National Action Network and several other grassroots activist organizations co-hosted a town hall meeting on Thursday to call for the release of John Fitzgerald Johnson from the Oldham County Detention Center.
Insights from The Current’s newsroom The death of Breonna Taylor, a Black medical worker killed in her home by Louisville, Ky., police during a botched raid from a no-knock warrant, inspired racial justice protests and, [...]