Former Louisville detective pleads guilty to cover-up of Breonna Taylor shooting | American News

A former US police officer has pleaded guilty to helping to forge the search warrant used in the murder of Breonna Taylor.

Ms Taylor26, was killed on March 13, 2020 when officers in Louisville, Kentuckyexecuted a no-knock warrant and broke down the door to his apartment.

Her boyfriend thought it was someone who broke in and fired a single shot in self-defense, hitting an officer in the leg.

Three officers responded with 32 shots, six of which struck and killed Ms Taylor.

It later emerged that the police were in fact looking for an ex-partner of Ms Taylor who did not live at the address.

On Tuesday, former officer Kelly Goodlett pleaded guilty in federal court in Louisville, The New York Times reported.

Death of Mrs. Tayloralong with other 2020 black killings, including George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, sparked outrage and led to protests in the United States and around the world.

Goodlett was one of four officers charged by the US Justice Department on August 4 for their involvement in the raid.

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People gathered in Louisville on the anniversary of Breonna Taylor’s death in March 2021

Prosecutors say Goodlett and another officer, Joshua Jaynes, met in a garage after the shooting where they agreed on a story to cover up the fake evidence they submitted to justify the raid.

Goodlett was charged with conspiring with another detective to tamper with the warrant and cover up the forgery.

Jaynes and Sergeant Kyle Meany were also charged with civil rights violations and obstruction of justice for using incorrect information to obtain a warrant.

A fourth officer, former detective Brett Hankison, was charged with civil rights violations for allegedly using excessive force.

In March, a jury acquitted Hankison of a charge of wanton endangerment. A grand jury previously cleared the two other white officers who shot Taylor, but charged Hankison with endangering neighbors in the adjacent apartment.

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