Louisville Will Fire Two More Officers in Taylor Death

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The Louisville Police Department is firing two officers connected to the police shooting of Breonna Taylor, one who sought the no-knock search warrant for her apartment and a second who fired the fatal bullet, reports the Louisville Courier Journal. Detective Joshua Jaynes received a pretermination letter Tuesday from interim Chief Yvette Gentry after a Professional Standards Unit investigation found he violated procedures for preparation for a search warrant execution and truthfulness. Detective Myles Cosgrove, who the FBI concluded fired the shot that killed Taylor, also received a pretermination letter. It’s possible more officers involved in the raid or the connected narcotics investigation could face additional discipline. Gentry said Jaynes committed “extreme violations of our policies, which endangered others.” She said, “Your actions have brought discredit upon yourself and the department. Your conduct has severely damaged the image our department has established within our community.”

Jaynes’ attorney, Thomas Clay, said he “did nothing wrong.” A hearing is scheduled for Thursday. Gentry’s decision comes days before Mayor Greg Fischer plans to announce his pick for Louisville’s new permanent police chief. Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, who also fired rounds that struck Taylor after he was shot, reportedly will not be terminated. The department had previously fired Detective Brett Hankison in June for “blindly” firing 10 rounds into Taylor’s apartment. He faces three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.Jaynes  was not present at Taylor’s apartment during the shooting, but about 12 hours earlier, he secured a warrant with a “no-knock” clause from a judge. Gentry said Jaynes had lied twice to the judge about facts in the case. Taylor was shot and killed by officers who forced their way into her apartment March 13 searching for drugs and cash in a narcotics investigation centered on her ex-boyfriend.

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