Joshua C. Jaynes is a detective who works for the Louisville Metro Police Department in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. He is one of the cops involved in the death of African-American emergency room technician Breonna Taylor.
On March 13, 2020, LMPD police officers Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove raided Taylor’s apartment in southwest Jefferson County in Kentucky. They were not wearing body cameras because they were using a no-knock warrant, which was obtained by Jaynes.
Mattingly, Hankison and Cosgrove were conducting an investigation centered on Jamarcus Cordell Glover and Adrian Orlandes Walker. Glover dated Taylor in 2018 and they remained friends after their breakup.
Taylor was shot eight times and died during the raid. Here are 13 things about Jaynes:
- He was born in 1982.
- He is from Mount Washington, Kentucky.
- He previously lived in York, Pennsylvania, USA.
- He previously live in Floyds Knobs, Indiana, USA.
- His annual wage was $51,334 in 2015, $53,331 in 2016 and $67,317 in 2017.
- He was part of the Place-Based Investigations unit of the LMPD.
- On January 2, 2020, he asked for a camera to be installed overlooking the 2400 block of Elliott in Louisville. Within an hour, the camera captured between 15 and 20 cars briefly stopping in front of 2424 Elliot Ave. He reported that it was indicative of narcotics trafficking.
- As a part of a narcotics investigation in March 2020, he wrote five affidavits seeking a judge’s permission for no-knock searches including at Taylor’s apartment, all of which were signed by Jefferson Circuit Judge Mary Shaw within 12 minutes on March 12, 2020, USA Today has learned. All five were executed on March 13, 2020.
- In the affidavit, he wrote that Taylor had a white 2016 Chevy Impala parked in front of Glover’s home on several occasions but her lawyers claimed that she already replaced the vehicle with a Dodge Charger in January 2020.
- He claimed that he verified that Glover had been receiving packages suspected of drugs to Taylor’s apartment through a US Postal Inspector but Louisville postal inspector Tony Gooden clarified on May 16, 2020 that the LMPD did not use his office to verify that a drug suspect delivered packages to her address.
- He was placed on administrative reassignment until investigators determine how and why he sought the no-knock search warrant, interim LMPD police chief Robert Schroeder announced on June 10, 2020. Schroeder was replaced by interim chief Yvette Gentry on October 1, 2020.
- On December 29, 2020, Gentry served him with a pre-termination letter. His lawyer Thomas Clay told WFPL, “We intend to show up to the pre-termination hearing on December 31 and we’re going to contest this action although I’m not optimistic about interim chief Gentry changing her decision. If she doesn’t, we’re going to pursue every legal remedy to overturn this decision.”
- On January 5, 2021, the LMPD fired him for failing to complete a Search Warrant Operations Plan form and for lying when he claimed that he had verified that Glover had been receiving packages at Taylor’s apartment.
(This is a developing story. More details will be added.)