Kelly Goodlett is notably accused of having “falsified” a search warrant allowing entry to the 26-year-old African-American girl, killed during a police operation at her home, who has become an icon of the Black Lives Matter movement and others. of the.
A former police officer accused of being involved in the death of 26-year-old black woman Breonna Taylor will plead guilty in the trial expected this month in the United States, reports the washington post. The African-American became an emblem of the Black Lives Matter movement after being killed in her home during a police intervention in March 2020.
Former law enforcement officer Kelly Goodlett was released Friday on $10,000 bond. If found guilty, she will be the first person convicted in the case that has rocked the United States and beyond.
The death of Breonna Taylor under police fire was brought to light after the death of George Floyd, an African-American suffocated by a white police officer in May 2020, mobilizing anti-racist circles, sparking demonstrations around the world.
Up to 5 years in prison and $250,000 fine
Kelly Goodlett is not accused of having participated directly in the police intervention at Breonna Taylor’s home, but of having “falsified” a search warrant allowing entry to the young woman. And therefore of having falsely filled out a report to cover up this falsehood. She faces up to 5 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Three other former police officers are charged in this case: Sergeant Kyle Meany and former detectives Joshua Jaynes and Brett Hankison. They, for their part, all intend to plead “not guilty”.
Two of them are accused, like Kelly Goodlett, of having created a false search warrant, while the third is accused of “excessive use of force”. Kyle Meany is also suspected of lying to investigators. All three face life sentences.
A wave of anti-racist mobilization
Only Brett Hankinson was charged in September 2020 by the courts, not in connection with the death of Breonna Taylor, but for having “endangered” his neighbor by shooting through a partition. He was later acquitted last March.
The decision then provoked the anger of many anti-racist activists and members of the black community of Louisville, who denounced unjustified leniency from prosecutors and racism in the American police.
Justice then backpedals and charges Brett Hankinson with “excessive use of force”. “He fired ten shots through a window and a French window covered with blackout curtains”, justifies the Minister of Justice.
Twenty shots from the police side
Breonna Taylor was found dead at her home in Kentucky, her body riddled with bullet holes, on March 13, 2020. Three police officers entered her home in the middle of the night as part of a drug trafficking investigation into her former grandson. friend, in reality not present on the scene.
On the spot, his new companion Kenneth Walker, believing to be dealing with burglars, fires a shot with a legally held weapon. What the police replied with a salvo of twenty shots.
The police then claim to have benefited from a so-called “no knock” warrant, allowing them to enter Breonna Taylor’s home without warning. They also claim to have nevertheless warned of their arrival, which Kenneth Walker disputes.
Louisville City Hall paid $12 million in restitution to Breonna Taylor’s family in September 2020, in exchange for the dropping of a civil lawsuit.