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Former sergeant federally charged in Breonna Taylor case terminated

“I made the decision to terminate Sergeant Kyle Meany after careful consideration and not with ease," LMPD Police Chief Erika Shields said.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Former Sgt. Kyle Meany was terminated following this afternoon's pre-termination hearing. 

Meany was charged with deprivation of rights and lying to FBI agents in relation to Breonna Taylor's death. 

Attorney General Merrick Garland announced the federal civil rights charges on Aug. 4.

The indictment claimed he was connected to the falsified search warrant that sent officers to Taylor’s apartment in March 2020.

LMPD Chief Erika Shields’ statement on Kyle Meany's termination reads:

“I made the decision to terminate Sergeant Kyle Meany 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. As an employer, the character of our organization is paramount and it is not reasonable to expect continued employment under such conditions," said Shields.

Editors note: A previous version of this story erroneously stated that Sgt. John Mattingly was fired from the department. Mattingly retired from the department in May 2021. We regret this error.  

Louisville Metro Police Chief Erika Shields released a pre-termination letter on Aug. 9 for one of the officers federally charged for their actions leading up to the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor.

A portion of Chief Shields’ letter reads:

"Your conduct has severely damaged the image of our department within the community. The result of your actions seriously impedes the department's goals of providing the residents of our city with the most professional law enforcement agency possible."

The process has happened before with former officers fired for their involvement in Taylor’s shooting including former Detectives Brett Hankison, Joshua Jaynes and Myles Cosgrove.

Metro Police said Kelly Goodlett resigned, therefore would not be going before the Merit Board.

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