A Louisville police officer involved in Breonna Taylor’s deadly raid has finally been terminated.
On Friday, Louisville Police Chief Erika Shields announced her decision to terminate Sergeant Kyle Meany, one of the officers in the raid, from the Louisville Metro Police Department in a statement.
“I fully respect the judicial process and realize Sergeant Meany has yet to be heard before a jury of his peers. That being said, he is facing multiple federal charges after a lengthy investigation by the DOJ,” the statement read. “As an employer, the character of our organization is paramount and it is not reasonable to expect continued employment under such conditions.
Former Detective Brett Hankison, former Detective Joshua Jaynes and Detective Kelly Goodlett were also federally charged on August 4 by the US Department of Justice with civil rights violations, including unlawful conspiracy, use of force, and obstruction of justice.
As previously reported by Sis2Sis, Attorney General Merrick Garland said the three officers charged with civil rights violations “deprived Taylor of her Fourth Amendment rights by falsifying the affidavit to obtain a search warrant for Taylor’s property.” Meany approved the warrant application, although it was false.
Chief Shields ended her statement with an apology to those impacted by Taylor’s loss. “We share, but we cannot fully imagine, the grief felt by Breonna Taylor’s loved ones and all of those affected by the events of March 13th, 2020,” she said. “Breonna Taylor should be alive today.”
On March 13, 2020, 26-year-old Taylor was shot and killed in her apartment while asleep with her boyfriend Kenneth Walker. The police officers raided her home and fired 22 shots which killed the two.