Sergeant Kyle Meany, officer accused of lying to obtain a search warrant on Breonna Taylor’s home, has been fired from the Louisville Police Department

One of the officers at the center of the Breonna Taylor murder trial has been fired from the Louisville Metro Police Department. The chief said it was not an easy decision to fire the sergeant but did so after careful consideration.

On Friday, August 19, Chief Erika Shields released a statement confirming the termination of Sgt. Kyle Meany.

“I have made the decision to discharge Sergeant Kyle Meany after careful consideration and not lightly,” she wrote in a statement obtained by CBS News. “I fully respect the trial process and know that Sergeant Meany has yet to be heard by a jury of his own kind.”

She continued, “Nevertheless, following a protracted investigation by the DOJ, he faces multiple federal indictments. As an employer, the character of our organization is paramount and it is not reasonable to expect continued employment under such conditions.”

His release comes days after his pre-meeting.

Meany joined the department in 2013 and was temporarily assigned to oversee the now-defunct Location-Based Investigations department, the department that secured the search warrant used to search Taylor’s home, and four others also involved in a broader narcotics investigation. These arrest warrants all had “no-knock” clauses.

With less than a decade credited to his career, his boss said he disgraced himself and the department.

In a letter to Meany, she stated, according to the Courier-Journal, “Your actions have brought you and the department into disrepute.”

“Your conduct has adversely affected the morale, operations and/or efficiency of the department,” Shields continued. “Your behavior has seriously damaged our department’s standing in the community.”

Meany, one of four other ex-cops linked to the botched March 2020 raid that led to Taylor’s death, has been charged along with colleague Joshua James and is scheduled to appear in court on October 11 to face charges of the to raise federal. Meany and Jaynes are accused of forging an affidavit to get a search warrant on Taylor’s home.

The other two former officers charged are Brett Hankison and Kelly Goodlett.

US Attorney General Merrick Garland said Jaynes and Goodlett are accused of conspiring to cover up the first lie Meany initiated. death of the year old. They are charged with unlawful conspiracy and obstruction of justice.

After Meany was charged, he pleaded not guilty to federal charges alleging he deprived someone of their rights or gave false testimony to federal investigators.

Hankison faces charges of blind shooting at Taylor’s home the night of her death.

Goodlett resigned from the department after being indicted in a US district court in August. Her attorneys said she will file a plea deal on Monday, August 22.

Jaynes and Hankison were previously fired from the Louisville Metro Police Department.

Taylor’s deaths, along with those of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery, were pivotal to the summer of civil unrest that swept America in 2020. The 26-year-old EMT worker was shot dead on March 13, 2020 after LPD officers wrongfully raided her apartment after bad information said she was getting mail and Amazon packages for a former friend.

As she and her current boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, slept in their bedroom, officers came in and disturbed their sleep. Walker, believing an intruder was in the home, drew his gun and fired into the room, hitting an officer in the leg. At that point, officers involved in the raid fired 22 bullets into the apartment. One in five who killed him hit her square in the chest, killing her.

The misleading information used to authorize the warrant was leaked to law enforcement by Meany – an act that prompted him to resign before his trial.

Meany can appeal his dismissal. He would go to the Police Merit Board and have to plead his case. The PMB rarely reverses decisions to firefighters. Sergeant Kyle Meany, officer accused of lying to obtain a search warrant on Breonna Taylor’s home, has been fired from the Louisville Police Department

James Brien

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