Four current and former officers have been charged with federal crimes in connection with the raid that killed Breonna Taylor.

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Thursday, four current and former Louisville, Kentucky, police officers were charged with federal offences related to Breonna Taylor's death in 2020.

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The 26-year-old EMT was shot and killed by police who executed a "no-knock" warrant while she was sleeping with her boyfriend. Her partner fired a lawful firearm at the officers, thinking they were invaders. Taylor was struck in the chest by 22 police rounds.

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Following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, the fatal shooting of Taylor, a Black woman, galvanised racial justice protests in the spring and summer of 2020.

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Civil rights violations, conspiracy, excessive force offences, and obstruction are among the charges levelled against defendants Joshua Jaynes, Kyle Meany, Brett Hankison, and Kelly Goodlett.

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He noted that the officers who executed the search warrant "were not engaged in the writing of the request and were ignorant of its inaccurate and misleading assertions."

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It was not immediately obvious whether Jaynes, Meany, Hankison, or Goodlett had an attorney to remark on their behalf. This information was not immediately available

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A third accusation charges Jaynes forged an investigative letter that "he knew would be used in a criminal inquiry into the warrant" by including false information implying Taylor's drug trafficking link.

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Fourth count: Meany lied to federal investigators. Indictment: Louisville police sergeant informed FBI agent that "no-knock" warrant was executed at SWAT's request, when he knew no such request was made.

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According to prosecutors, Goodlett conspired with Jaynes to coordinate their cover-up story after a postal inspector disputed the claim that Taylor's address was also that of the suspect police suspected of selling drugs.

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