Ex-police detective charged in Breonna Taylor death to plead guilty

LOUISVILLE, KY – Former Louisville police detective Kelly Goodlett intends to plead guilty to a civil rights charge related to the shooting death of Grand Rapids native Breonna Taylor during a raid sloppy policing, reports the Associated Press.

Taylor, a 26-year-old black emergency medical technician, was fatally shot when Louisville Metro Police served a no-knock warrant at her home on March 13, 2020, sparking racial justice protests across the country.

Goodlett is scheduled to appear Monday, Aug. 22, before a federal judge to enter his plea, the AP reported Friday, Aug. 12, citing his attorney, Brandon Marshall. Goodlett’s conviction would be the first conviction in the case.

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The ex-detective will plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to violate Taylor’s civil rights for helping to falsify an affidavit for the search of his apartment, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported Friday. Goodlett faces up to five years in prison.

The federal government recently filed civil rights charges against Goodlett and three other current and former Louisville officers for the drug raid that led to Taylor’s death — co-defendants Sgt. Kyle Meany and former detectives Joshua Jaynes and Brett Hankison.

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U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the officers were charged with Fourth Amendment violations for pursuing a warrant that they knew contained false information.

Police had been investigating drug dealers in the area, and the affidavit signed to obtain the warrant falsely alleged that one of the dealers had received a package addressed to Taylor.

Taylor was at home with her boyfriend when the raid took place. He fired a shot which hit an officer whom he believed to be an intruder who had broken into the house. Police fired several shots, five of which reportedly struck and killed Taylor.

Taylor grew up in Grand Rapids. She moved to Louisville with her family over a decade ago, but has relatives in town.

In December 2020, community members gathered in downtown Grand Rapids for the installation of Breonna Taylor Way signage at Monroe Center and Pearl Street.

The Grand Rapids City Commission unanimously approved the memorial designation.

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