Two Detectives Fired From Louisville Police Department, Others Disciplined Over Breonna Taylor Death

A demonstrator holds a sign with the image of Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was fatally shot by Louisville Metro Police Department officers, during a protest against the death George Floyd in Minneapolis, in Denver, Colorado on June 3, 2020. - US protesters welcomed new charges brought Wednesday against Minneapolis officers in the killing of African American man George Floyd -- but thousands still marched in cities across the country for a ninth straight night, chanting against racism and police brutality. (Photo by Jason Connolly / AFP) (Photo by JASON CONNOLLY/AFP via Getty Images)

Two Detectives Fired From Louisville Police Department, Others Disciplined Over Breonna Taylor Death

Three officers received sanctions related to the fatal police shooting.

Published January 6th

Written by Paul Meara

The Louisville Metro Police Department has officially fired two detectives and disciplined others over their involvement and actions during a police raid that resulted in the death of Breonna Taylor.

According to the Courier-Journal, Myles Cosgrove and Joshua Jaynes were fired on Tuesday (January 5) and became the latest law enforcement officials the department has terminated in connection with the 26-year-old EMT’s death. Detective Brett Hankison was fired in June for “blindly” firing 10 rounds into Taylor’s apartment.

The FBI concluded it was Cosgrove who fired the shot that killed Taylor. He reportedly violated procedures for the use of force and failed to use a body camera during the March 13 raid.

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Jaynes secured the warrant for Taylor’s apartment. He, the Courier-Journal reports, was found in violation of the department policy for truthfulness and search warrant preparation.

According to the Courier-Journal, the following officials received sanctions over the Taylor shooting: 

  • Sgt. Kyle Meany of the Place-Based Investigations unit that pursued the warrant for Taylor's apartment violated the department policy that guides risk assessment and SWAT Team response for a search warrant. He received a letter of reprimand.

  • Detective Anthony James failed to activate his body camera during the search after Taylor was killed. He received a one-day suspension from the force.

  • Detective Michael Campbell also violated the department’s body camera policy and received a one-day suspension.

Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, Lt. Shawn Hoover and Detective West Barton were never criminally charged for their roles in Taylor’s death.

Cosgrove and Jaynes both received pre-termination letters last week outlining the department’s findings against them. Interim Chief Yvette Gentry, the former police chief of Atlanta who stepped down after protests erupted over the police killing of Rayshard Brooks last June, reportedly upheld the firing and sanction decisions after meeting with each officer and his respective attorney.

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