FILE PHOTO: Protesters march against racial injustice and for Black women following the grand jury decision in Louisville’s Breonna Taylor case, in Denver, Colorado, U.S., September 26, 2020. REUTERS/Kevin Mohatt/File Photo

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

The Louisville Metro Police Department fired two detectives for their involvement in a raid that ended in Breonna Taylor’s death in March 2020. Det. Myles Cosgrove was fired for deadly use of force and failing to turn on his body camera. Det. Joshua Jaynes, who sought the no-knock warrant but was not at the raid, was dismissed for failing to complete a formal search warrant operations plan and for lying about verifying second-hand information to obtain the warrant.

Officer Brett Hankison, also involved in the shooting, was fired in June and indicted in September for wanton endangerment for shooting into neighboring apartments during the raid. Jaynes and Cosgrove, along with Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, who was also involved, have been on administrative reassignment within the department since the March 13 shooting. Mattingly was cleared of wrongdoing by a Grand Jury in the shooting and said in October he plans to retire.

Thomas Clay, Jaynes’ lawyer, objected to Jaynes’  firing on the allegation that Jaynes lied on the warrant. Jaynes said in a sworn affidavit that he verified with a postal worker that a suspected drug dealer had been receiving packages at Taylor’s home, but the information was actually received from Mattingly, who received the information from an officer in another department.

“Somebody made a misstatement here, obviously, but it was not Joshua Jaynes,” Clay said. “He was entitled to rely on what Sergeant Mattingly told him.”

Cosgrove berated the department’s leadership in an email to fellow officers late Tuesday, stating he was terminated because of political pressure.

“It seems our higher-ranking officials will support us in our efforts to protect ourselves and others, just as long as there isn’t a group of protestors or political pressures demanding otherwise,” Cosgrove wrote. “And then with the slightest bit of political and social pressure, they take away your job, your honor and your security without question.”

Benjamin Crump, a civil rights lawyer representing Taylor’s family, applauded the news that the officers would be fired and renewed calls for criminal charges against the officers. Taylor’s family settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the city of Louisville six months after her death. Even with Hankison’s wanton endangerment indictment in September, which focused on the neighboring apartments rather than Taylor, none of the officers involved have faced criminal charges directly related to Taylor’s death.

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Louisville police fires 2 officers involved in Breonna Taylor raid – Fox News – 1/6/2021
The Louisville Police Department has announced the firings of two more officers involved in the Breonna Taylor shooting, including the detective the FBI believes discharged the fatal bullet. Detectives Myles Cosgrove and Joshua Jaynes were let go from their positions Tuesday. Letters from Chief of Police Yvette Gentry informing them of their dismissal were released Wednesday.

Louisville has fired 2 more police officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death – Mic – 1/6/2021
The officers who killed Taylor have expressed little or no public remorse for their actions, with one even saying in September 2020 that the police work was “legal, moral and ethical.” Shortly after her death, Taylor’s family filed a wrongful death suit against the city of Louisville, which amounted to $12 million. As Mic previously pointed out, “the settlement amount isn’t necessarily a strong message to the police department, but rather a tab that Louisville citizens are forced to pick up.”

REPORT: Officers Involved In Breonna Taylor Shooting Fired – Daily Caller – 1/6/2021
Gentry said Cosgrove was fired for violating procedures related to deadly force and failure to activate his body camera, according to NBC News. Gentry went on to say that Cosgrove fired 16 rounds but didn’t know where he was firing. Jaynes was reportedly fired for two different violations tied to the search warrant for the March 13 raid. He was allegedly not at Taylor’s apartment during the raid.

City Officials Fire 2 Detectives Involved In Breonna Taylor Raid – Essence – 1/6/2021
Two Kentucky police detectives involved in the raid that left Breonna Taylor dead, including the one who shot her, were scheduled Tuesday to face a termination hearing. After months of unrest over the fatal shooting, Detectives Myles Cosgrove and Joshua Jaynes received notice last week from Louisville Police interim Chief Yvette Gentry that she intended to dismiss them from the department.

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