The Louisville Police Department on Tuesday moved to fire two more officers involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor — a black woman who died during a botched raid nine months ago, sparking a wave of nationwide protests.
Detective Joshua Jaynes, who sought the search warrant for Taylor’s home, and Detective Myles Cosgrove, who the FBI concluded fired the shot that killed her, were both served with pre-termination paperwork, the Courier Journal reported.
An internal investigation found that Jaynes violated department procedures in seeking the no-knock warrant that led seven cops to Taylor’s apartment on March 13, where three of them opened fire.
In her letter, interim Police Chief Yvette Gentry said that Jaynes was found to have lied twice to a judge when obtaining the warrant, according to the report.
“These are extreme violations of our policies, which endangered others,” Gentry wrote.
“Your actions have brought discredit upon yourself and the department. Your conduct has severely damaged the image our department has established within our community.”
The detective will have a chance to defend himself at a hearing with Gentry and her staff on Thursday morning.
His lawyer, Thomas Clay, denied that Jaynes lied in getting the warrant and said that they would both be going to Thursday’s hearing to try to convince Gentry “that this action is unwarranted.”
Cosgrove, one of the three cops who fired their weapons during the nighttime raid, was also sent a letter of termination, according to the Courier Journal and local station WAVE.
One of the two other cops, Detective Brett Hankison, was fired in June for “blindly” firing 10 rounds into Taylor’s apartment. He has been charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment.
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