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A former Louisville detective has just confessed that she helped in falsifying a search warrant that led to the killing of Breonna Taylor

Tuesday, a former Louisville detective pled guilty in federal court to aiding in the fabrication of a search warrant that led to the death of Breonna Taylor, a black woman whose death sparked a wave of protests against police brutality against people of color.

The New York Times reported that Kelly Goodlett, 35, submitted her plea before U.S. District Court Judge Rebecca Grady Jennings in a federal court in Louisville, Kentucky.

Goodlett was one of four former Louisville Metropolitan Police Department detectives charged on August 4 by the United States Department of Justice for their participation in the 2020 raid that resulted in the death of Taylor in her house.

Following a string of high-profile police shootings of African-Americans, the charges were the most recent effort by the Justice Department to address abuses and racial inequities in law enforcement.

Taylor’s murder, as well as the murders of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, among others, in 2020, provoked indignation and drove protests that reached a climax that summer.

Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician, was asleep in her flat with her boyfriend on March 13, 2020 when cops executed a no-knock raid and barged in.

Taylor’s boyfriend fired a single shot at what he stated were intruders. Taylor was killed by six of the 32 rounds fired by three police officers in response to the shooting.

Prosecutors allege that Goodlett and Joshua Jaynes met in a garage days after the shooting and decided on a bogus tale to cover the fraudulent evidence they had produced to explain the failed raid.

Goodlett was accused of working with another cop to forge the search warrant that led to the raid and then conceal the forgery.

For using fraudulent information to obtain the search warrant, federal prosecutors also charged Jaynes and current Sergeant Kyle Meany with civil rights crimes and obstruction of justice.

Former Detective Brett Hankison, the fourth officer charged with civil rights crimes, was accused of employing excessive force.

In March, a jury exonerated Hankison of reckless endangerment. Earlier, a grand jury exonerated the other two white cops who shot Taylor, but charged Hankison with endangering the residents of the apartment next door.

A grand juror later stated that Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron only presented the accusations of wanton endangerment against Hankison before the grand jury.

Last year, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron declined to file criminal charges against Mattingly and Cosgrove, stating that both officers were justified in firing back at Walker.

For their behavior during the raid, both Cosgrove and Hankison were discharged from the Louisville Metro Police Department.

According to Garland, the federal accusations imply that the police lied on the search warrant used to enter Taylor’s residence.

According to him, this was a violation of her Fourth Amendment rights, which led to her death, and Jaynes and Goodlett ‘knowingly falsified’ a document prepared after her death.

In May 2020, the duo allegedly met in a garage to discuss providing investigators a bogus tale to ‘cover up their illicit activity,’ according to the indictment.

Sergeant Kyle Meaney has also been indicted for allegedly ‘lying to the FBI’ during the inquiry into Taylor’s death.

Jaynes and Meany used sworn affidavits to get warrants to search five homes, including Taylor’s residence.

According to the indictment, both Jaynes and Meany were aware that the affidavit used to get the warrant was “false, deceptive, and out-of-date.”

It also alleges that both offices were aware that armed LMPD officers would execute the warrant, creating a “hazardous environment” for officers and anyone in Taylor’s residence.

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