As expected, Biden’s DOJ charges officers with civil rights violations in Breonna Taylor death

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LOUISVLLE, KY- Before reading on remember this…Michael Byrd, who shot an unarmed woman at the US Capitol is a free man, the abortion protesters who nightly break federal law by protesting in front of the homes of Supreme Court justices are free, and the man who attempted to kill a sitting member of Congress is out on bail.

Yet the Biden Department of Justice is busy with BS “civil rights” violations against officers of the Louisville Police Department.

In what is likely a surprise to nobody, the inept clown who heads the Department of Justice, Attorney General Merrick Garland, announced the DOJ will pursue a vendetta against four former and current Louisville, KY., police officers in connection with the death of Breonna Taylor.

Among the charges are civil rights offenses, unlawful conspiracies, unconstitutional use of force and obstruction offenses, ABC News reports.

Garland, probably the most feckless attorney general in recent memory, announced the charges Thursday afternoon at a news conference.

“The federal charges announced today allege that members of a Police Investigations Unit falsified the affidavit used to obtain the search warrant of Ms. Taylor’s home and that this act violated federal civil rights laws, and that those violations resulted in Ms. Taylor’s death,” Garland said.

The officers charged are Det. Joshua Jaynes, former Det. Kelly Goodlett, and Sgt. Kyle Meany, all accused of violating Taylor’s Fourth Amendment rights due to applying for a search warrant for Taylor’s home while being aware that they lacked probable cause.

Also, it is alleged they know their affidavit supporting the warrant contained false and misleading information and omitted other material information, which resulted in Taylor’s death.

“Among other things, the affidavit falsely claimed that officers had verified that the target of the alleged drug trafficking operation had received packages at Ms. Taylor’s address. In fact, defendants Jaynes and Goodlett knew that was not true,” Garland said.

Garland also claimed that Jaynes and Goodert were aware armed officers would be carrying out the raid at the home, and that conducting the search could create “a dangerous situation for anyone who happened to be in Ms. Taylor’s home.”

It is also alleged that after Taylor’s death, Jaynes and Goodert met in a garage “where they agreed to tell investigators” probing the shooting and botched raid “a false story.”

The other officer charged is former Louisville Metro Officer Brett Hankinson, who was previously tried on state charges and was acquitted on all counts. Hankinson has been charged with two-counts of deprivation of rights under color of law, both civil rights offenses.

The charging documents allege Hankinson used unconstitutional excessive force during the raid, relative to his firing 10 shots through a window and sliding glass door that was covered by blinds and curtains in Taylor’s home, alleging there was no longer “a lawful objective justifying the use of deadly force.”

During his state trial, Hankinson was charged with recklessly shooting into a neighboring apartment during the ill-fated raid, which ended up with Taylor’s death.

As expected, her death caused violent protests and riots across the U.S. and it was made worse after no officers were charged in relation to her fatal shooting.

Slip-and-fall attorney Ben Crump, who represented Taylor’s family during Hankinson’s trial said afterward in March:

“The lack of accountability showcased in every aspect of Breonna’s killing speaks to how much more work there is to be done before we can say our justice system is fair and our system of policing is protective of people of color.”

The Louisville Metro PD has been subject to a “pattern or practice” investigation since April 2021.

Cop-hating Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke, an unhinged radical who heads the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division, told reporters that the separate investigation continues, and the Justice Department has investigators continuing to conduct interviews with “stakeholders” and are also conducting ride-alongs with police.

The incident took place on March 13, 2020, at around 12:45 a.m. Officers broke down the door to Taylor’s apartment, where a guest in her home, thinking it was an intruder, fired a single gunshot at officers, striking the first one at the door. Two Metro officers then fired a total of 22 shots into the apartment, with one striking Taylor in the chest.

The third officer…Hankinson…moved away from the doorway to the side of the apartment, where he allegedly fired ten shots through the window and sliding glass door, both covered with blinds and curtains, the DOJ said.

Garland also claimed the other officers who carried out the raid were not directly involved in drafting the warrant and were unaware of the false and misleading statements it contained when they hit the home.

Garland, who is supposed to be impartial, then waxed poetic about Taylor’s family being notified of the charges.

“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 13, 2020. Breonna Taylor should be alive today,” Garland said.

Crump meanwhile praised the DOJ.

“The federal government went through and dotted every “I” and crossed every “t.” It’s not something that we have seen historically done on behalf of black people, especially black women. I can’t think of a Justice Department being this committed to civil rights since Robert Kennedy and the civil rights movement, with Martin Luther King and John Lewis,” Crump said.

Guess old Crumpy never heard of Trump’s “First Step Act.”

For her part, Taylor’s mother was relieved by the news:

“Today’s overdue but it still hurts. Breonna didn’t deserve that,” she said.

The mayor of Louisville, Greg Fischer meanwhile issued a statement, calling the indictments a “critical step forward.”

“While we cannot reverse her tragic death, we can and must continue to pursue justice for her,” he said in a statement.

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Earlier this year, we published a piece where Taylor’s mother lobbied the DOJ to pursue federal charges in her daughter’s death. Looks like it worked…here is that piece:

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LOUISVILLE, KY – Tamika Palmer has met with US Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division.

She is asking that there be a federal investigation into the shooting death of her daughter, Breonna Taylor, at the hands of the Louisville, KY police in March of 2020.

“I’m here at the Department of Justice asking them to do the right thing,” Palmer said at a news conference after the meeting. “This is bigger than Breonna. If no one addresses this issue, they’ll keep kicking in our doors and murdering us.”

Taylor was killed when police executed a warrant at her home and Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, opened fire on them, claiming he thought it was a break-in and he was acting in self-defense. One officer was injured in the exchange of gunfire.

Walker’s initial statement indicated that Taylor was the one who fired on officers, but he later recanted that statement, saying he fired down at the floor as a warning.

The wounded officer on the receiving end of that “warning” shot disagrees with Walker’s claim.

“He wasn’t shooting at the ground or a warning shot. He’s pushed out with two hands looking straight at me. We… I saw his gun. Our postures were the same looking at each other when he fired that shot at me,” Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly said about being shot in the leg.

Palmer wants to see federal charges filed against the officers involved after Brett Hankinson was acquitted of charges against him. The other officers were not charged. Two of them have been fired and Sgt. Mattingly retired in April of 2021.

Benjamin Crump, the attorney representing Palmer and her family, told CNN that he and Palmer met with Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clark for about 45 minutes on Monday morning. He said they demanded an investigation into all three officers.

“They said, ‘Be not dismayed,'” Crump said, recounting the meeting. “They’re turning over every stone, looking at any civil rights charges on behalf of Breonna Taylor, because they would do the same for any citizen. Because Breonna Taylor deserves it.” 

The DOJ confirmed that the meeting took place and that there is an active investigation underway.

“Today, Assistant Attorney General Kristen Clarke and attorneys in the Civil Rights Division met with the mother of Breonna Taylor, members of her family and her attorneys. As has been previously stated, this matter is currently under investigation, and we have no further comment.”

In an article published on celebrity gossip site Bossip, the writer alluded to having someone to hold accountable should federal charges not be pursued.

“Often times when these meetings take place, we are told that there was a meeting with some enigma like ‘officials’ or ‘representatives’. However, in this case we have a name to hold accountable.

Palmer and attorney Ben Crump met with DOJ’s Kristen Clarke about this case. Crump says that they were given assurances that every possible measure will be taken to achieve the goal of justice.”

So, if the facts of the case do not warrant additional charges? It is all Clark’s fault, according to the piece’s author, Jason Lee, who also said that he feels as though no one would know Taylor’s name without the persistence of Palmer.

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Jury declares that the only cop charged in connection with the Breonna Taylor case is not guilty

LOUISVILLE, KY – Only one police officer was criminally charged in connection to the death of Breonna Taylor who was accidentally shot and killed by Louisville Metropolitan Police in 2020.

That one officer was arrested, charged, and acquitted by a jury after roughly three hours of deliberations.

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In 2020, Democrats, liberals, protesters, and rioters wanted to see three officers put in prison for the killing of Breonna Taylor when Louisville Police officers executed a narcotics search warrant on her residence.

Everyone conveniently had ignored the fact that it was Taylor’s boyfriend who opened fire on the officers, striking one of them, that caused the officers to fire.

Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, III, claimed that he only opened fire on the officers because they did not knock and announce themselves as police officers with a warrant.

It’s something that was proven false during Taylor’s death investigation.

Walker, who many say should be the one held criminally liable for shooting a police officer and causing the death of Taylor, was never charged for his culpability.

After months of investigation, the only criminal charges that were levied against the three officers who were held accountable for the search warrant were against former Louisville Metropolitan Police Detective Brett Hankison.

Hankison was charged with three counts of aggravated assault after blindly firing into Taylor’s apartment which entered into her neighbor’s residence.

The Louisville Metropolitan Police Department terminated Hankison’s employment with the agency while he awaited trial which started the last week of February. The trial, which lasted five days, ended after roughly three hours of deliberation with a verdict of not guilty on all three counts he faced.

Stewart Matthews, Hankison’s attorney, was pleased in the outcome of the trial, saying:

“Justice was done. The verdict was proper, and we’re thrilled. He was doing his job as a police officer…The jury felt like you go out and perform your duty and your brother officer gets shot, you have a right to defend yourself. Simple as that.”

During the trial, Hankison testified that he was not initially part of the narcotics investigation that led to officers executing the search warrant that evening but was told that there was only supposed to be one person inside. He said:

“There was only supposed to be one person in that apartment and now there was allegedly a dead girl inside and that’s not why we were there. We were there to get documents and/or items related to a boyfriend that was drug trafficking.”

That boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover, was allegedly utilizing Taylor’s apartment before the shooting to receive narcotics that were being delivered through the mail and other sources. Once the drugs were dropped off at Taylor’s residence, he would either stop by and collect them or she would allegedly deliver them to him.

Taylor’s death sparked national outrage as members of the media, politicians, and ill-informed protesters and rioters claimed that the officers involved had murdered Taylor.

They went further into that argument saying that the officers busted in her door that night instead of announcing themselves as police officers with a warrant.

The outrage caused by this sparked protests and riots throughout the Louisville Metro area which spilled over to the night that Republican Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced the shooting by two of the officers involved was justified.

Attorney General Cameron made his decision based upon the facts and evidence presented during the investigation which showed that the two officers merely opened fire to protect themselves after being fired upon by Walker.

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