Joshua C. Jaynes is a former detective from 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, Louisville Metro Police Department 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 is from Mount Washington, Kentucky. He previously lived in York, Pennsylvania, USA and in Floyds Knobs, Indiana, USA.
- He was part of the Place-Based Investigations unit of the Louisville Metro Police Department. His annual wage was $51,334 in 2015, which increased to $53,331 in 2016 and $67,317 in 2017.
- 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. 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 on May 16, 2020, Louisville postal inspector Tony Gooden clarified that the Louisville Metro Police Department 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 Louisville Metro Police Department 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 Louisville Metro Police Department 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.
- In June 2021, the Louisville Metro Police Merit Board voted to uphold his termination.
- In September 2021, he filed a lawsuit against the Louisville Metro Police Department to get his job back and be reinstated as a detective.
- In June 2022, a Kentucky judge agreed with the Louisville Metro Police Merit Board’s vote to uphold the decision to fire him.
- On August 4, 2022, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents arrested him. He was booked into the Oldham County Detention Center in Buckner, Kentucky.
- He was 40 years old when he was arrested on August 4, 2022. That day, he, Hankison and Sgt. Kyle Meany, then 35, made their first appearance before Magistrate Judge Regina Edwards, who ordered them released on the condition they have no contact with other defendants or victims. The judge ordered them to have no guns in their homes and set unsecured bonds on all three of $50,000.
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