LMPD officers accused of throwing drinks at unsuspecting residents

One of the LMPD officers at the center of the Breonna Taylor case is now under investigation in an unrelated case, WAVE 3 News Troubleshooters have learned.
Published: Jun. 2, 2021 at 7:08 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - One of the LMPD officers at the center of the Breonna Taylor case has been reassigned because of an unrelated investigation, WAVE 3 News Troubleshooters have learned.

Kelly Hanna Goodlett is one of several officers being investigated for allegedly throwing drinks at Louisville residents from police vehicles, according to multiple independent sources within and outside of Louisville Metro Government.

LMPD chief Erika Shields confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Goodlett and another officer were reassigned after she was made aware of the situation.

“It was brought to my attention last week by the FBI,” Shields said during a Public Safety Committee hearing. “I have limited information on this; they are conducting an investigation.”

The officers were on duty during many of the incidents that targeted unsuspecting pedestrians. Some of the incidents were captured on video, sources confirmed.

Shields said she has not seen any of the videos.

“My sense is, it will be another black eye to the department,” Shields said. “It’s going to show some very poor judgment by a select few individuals on this department.”

The incidents are believed to have occurred when LMPD’s 9th Mobile Unit existed. That unit was dismantled after numerous scandals and lawsuits claimed residents were being racially profiled.

The incidents also are believed to involve former LMPD officer Bryan Wilson. He and Goodlett were assigned to the 9th Mobile Unit at the time. Wilson was arrested in 2020 for allegedly hacking into women’s social media accounts and holding personal photos for ransom.

The dismantling of the 9th Mobile Unit later led to the creation of the Criminal Interdiction Unit, which investigated the Taylor case.

Goodlett participated in that investigation by conducting surveillance on Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover. Goodlett was a member of the Place Based Investigations Unit, which was in charge of the narcotics investigation into Glover.

The FBI told WAVE 3 News it is investigating.

“FBI Louisville is aware of LMPD Chief Shields’ testimony today, and we will confirm we are investigating whether these incidents violate federal law,” FBI spokesman Tim Beam told WAVE 3 News. “FBI Louisville cannot comment on the specifics of our investigation; however, if anyone has relevant information related to these allegations, they should contact our office.”

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