One of the Louisville cops charged by the U.S. Department of Justice in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor has been fired.
Louisville Police Chief Erika Shields said the decision to terminate Sergeant Kyle Meany came after “careful consideration and not with ease.”
“I fully respect the judicial process and realize Sergeant Meany has yet to be heard before a jury of his peers. That being said, he is facing multiple federal charges after a lengthy investigation by the DOJ,” Shields said in a statement obtained by CNN. “As an employer, the character of our organization is paramount and it is not reasonable to expect continued employment under such conditions.”
Meany is facing various civil rights violations, including unlawful conspiracy, use of force and obstruction of justice along with former Detective Brett Hankison, former Detective Joshua Jaynes, and Detective Kelly Goodlett.
According to the court documents, Goodlett and Jaynes used false and misleading information in an application to obtain a no-knock warrant at Taylor’s apartment on March 13, 2022. Meany, who was their supervisor, approved the warrant application even though he knew it was false. He is also accused of lying to investigators about the officers’ unannounced entry into the apartment.