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Feds charge 4 police officers in fatal Breonna Taylor raid


Feds charge 4 police officers in fatal Breonna Taylor raid



I’M JENNIFER BAILEYS. WE ARE CUTTING IN FOR LATE BREAKING NEWS. THE US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE IS MAKING AN ANNOUNCEMENT ABOUT A CIVIL RIGHTS MATTER. SOURCES TELL WLKY IT INVOLVES THE KILLING OF BREONNA TAYLOR DURING AN LAPD RAID IN 2020. WE HAVE CONFIRMED THE FBI HAS ARRESTED FORMER OFFICER JOSHUA JAYNES. LET’S LISTEN IN NOW. CONSPIRACY IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL. USE OF FORCE AND OBSTRUCTION OFFENSES. THE FOUR DEFENDANTS WERE CHARGED THROUGH TWO SEPARATE INDICTMENTS AND ONE INFORMATION. I’M GOING TO BEGIN TODAY BY DISCUSSING THE CIVIL RIGHTS OFFENSES THAT STEM FROM THE FALSIFICATION OF A SEARCH WARRANT. WE ALLEGE THAT THESE OFFENSES RESULTED IN MS. . TAYLOR’S DEATH. THESE CHARGES FOCUS ON THE CONDUCT OF THE LOUISVILLE METRO POLICE DEPARTMENT’S PLACE BASED INVESTIGATIONS UNIT, AND THE FIRST INDICTMENT FILED TODAY. WE ALLEGE THAT IN EARLY 2020, THAT UNIT WAS INVESTIGATING SUSPECTED DRUG TRAFFICKING IN THE WEST END OF LOUISVILLE. ON MARCH 12, 2020, OFFICERS FROM THAT UNIT SOUGHT FIVE SEARCH WARRANTS. THEY CLAIMED WERE RELATED TO THE SUSPECTED DRUG TRAFFICKING. FOUR OF THOSE WARRANTS TARGETED PROPERTIES IN THE WEST END. OR THAT ACTIVITY WAS ALLEGEDLY OCCURRING. A FIFTH SEARCH WARRANT WAS FOR BRIANNA TAYLOR’S HOME, WHICH WAS APPROXIMATELY TEN MILES AWAY FROM THE WEST END. THE FEDERAL CHARGES ANNOUNCED TODAY ALLEGE THAT MEMBERS OF THE PLACE BASED INVESTIGATIONS UNIT FALSIFIED THE AFFIDAVIT USED TO OBTAIN THE SEARCH WARRANT OF MS.. TAYLOR’S HOME THAT THIS ACT VIOLATED FEDERAL CIVIL RIGHTS LAWS AND THAT THOSE VIOLATIONS RESULTED IN MS.. TAYLOR’S DEATH. SPECIFICALLY, WE ALLEGE THAT MS.. TAYLOR’S FOURTH AMENDMENT RIGHTS WERE VIOLATED WHEN DEFENDANTS JOSHUA JAYNES KYLE MEANY AND KELLY GOODLATTE SOUGHT A WARRANT TO SEARCH MS.. TAYLOR’S HOME, KNOWING THAT THE OFFICERS LACKED PROBABLE CAUSE FOR THE SEARCH. WE ALLEGE THAT THE DEFENDANTS KNEW THE AFFIDAVIT IN SUPPORT OF THAT WARRANT CONTAINED FALSE AND MISLEADING INFORMATION AND THAT IT COMMITTED MATERIAL INFORMATION, AMONG OTHER THINGS, THE AFFIDAVIT FALSELY CLAIMED THAT OFFICERS HAD VERIFIED THAT THE TARGET OF THE ALLEGED DRUG TRAFFICKING OPERATION HAD RECEIVED PACKAGE WAS AT MS.. TAYLOR’S ADDRESS. IN FACT, DEFENDANTS JAYNES AND GOODLATTE KNEW THAT WAS NOT TRUE. WE FURTHER ALLEGE THAT DEFENDANTS JAYNES AND MEANY KNEW THE SEARCH WARRANT WOULD BE CARRIED OUT BY ARMED LMPD OFFICERS AND THAT CONDUCTING THAT SEARCH COULD CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION FOR ANYONE WHO HAPPENED TO BE IN MS.. TAYLOR’S HOME. AS OUTLINED IN THE CHARGING DOCUMENTS, THE OFFICERS WHO ULTIMATELY CARRIED OUT THE SEARCH AT MS.. TAYLOR’S DEPARTMENT WERE NOT INVOLVED IN THE DRAFTING OF THE WARRANT AND WERE UNAWARE OF THE FALSE AND MISLEADING STATEMENTS THAT CONTAINED WHEN THOSE OFFICERS EXECUTED THE SEARCH WARRANT. MS. . TAYLOR WAS AT HOME WITH ANOTHER PERSON WHO WAS IN LAWFUL POSSESSION OF A HANDGUN. WHEN OFFICERS BROKE DOWN THE DOOR TO MS.. TAYLOR’S APARTMENT, THAT PERSON BELIEVING THAT INTRUDERS WERE BREAKING IN IMMEDIATELY FIRED. ONE SHOT HITTING THE FIRST OFFICER AT THE DOOR. TWO OFFICERS IMMEDIATELY FIRED A TOTAL OF 22 SHOTS INTO THE APARTMENT. ONE OF THOSE SHOTS HIT MS.. TAYLOR IN THE CHEST AND KILLED HER. WE ALLEGE THAT THE DEFENDANTS KNEW THEIR ACTIONS AND FALSIFYING THE AFFIDAVIT COULD CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION AND WE ALLEGE THESE UNLAWFUL ACTS RESULTED IN MS.. TAYLOR’S DEATH. THE CHARGES ANNOUNCED TODAY ALSO ALLEGED THAT THE OFFICERS RESPONSIBLE FOR FALSIFYING THE AFFIDAVIT THAT LED TO THE SEARCH TOOK STEPS TO COVER UP THEIR UNLAWFUL CONDUCT AFTER MS.. TAYLOR WAS KILLED. WE ALLEGE THAT DEFENDANTS JAYNES AND GOODLATTE CONSPIRED TO KNOWINGLY FALSIFYING AN INVESTIGATIVE DOCUMENT THAT WAS CREATED AFTER MS. . TAYLOR’S DEATH. WE ALSO ALLEGE THAT THEY CONSPIRED TO MISLEAD FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL AUTHORITIES WHO WERE INVESTIGATING THE INCIDENT. FOR EXAMPLE. WE ALLEGE THAT IN MAY 2020, THOSE TWO DEFENDANTS MET IN A GARAGE WHERE THEY AGREED TO TELL INVESTIGATORS A FALSE STORY. THIS INDICTMENT SEPARATELY ALLEGES THAT DEFENDANT MEANEY LIED TO THE FBI DURING ITS INVESTIGATION OF THIS MATTER. ANOTHER INDICTMENT FILED TODAY ALLEGES THAT AFTER MS.. TAYLOR WAS SHOT, ANOTHER LMPD OFFICER DEFENDANT BRETT HANKISON, MOVED FROM THE DOORWAY TO THE SIDE OF HER APARTMENT AND FIRED TEN MORE SHOTS THROUGH A WINDOW ON A SLIDING GLASS DOOR. BOTH OF WHICH WERE COVERED WITH BLINDS AND CURTAINS. DEFENDANT HANKISON HAS BEEN CHARGED WITH TWO CIVIL RIGHTS OFFENSES, ALLEGING THAT HE WILLFULLY USED UNCONSTITUTIONALLY EXCESSIVE FORCE WHILE ACTING IN HIS OFFICIAL CAPACITY AS AN OFFICER. ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL KRISTEN CLARKE WILL SPEAK MORE ABOUT THAT ASPECT OF THE CASE. AS IN ANY CASE, THE CHARGES WE ANNOUNCED TODAY ARE ALLEGATIONS AND ALL DEFENDANTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT IN A COURT OF LAW. BEFORE I CLOSE, I WANT TO THANK ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL CLARK. HER TEAM IN THE CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION AND THE CASE AGENTS AT THE FBI FOR THEIR TIRELESS WORK ON THIS CASE. WE SHARE, BUT WE CANNOT FULLY IMAGINE THE GRIEF FELT BY BREONNA TAYLOR’S LOVED ONES AND ALL OF THOSE AFFECTED BY THE EVENTS OF MARCH 13TH, 2020. BREONNA TAYLOR SHOULD BE ALIVE TODAY. THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT IS COMMITTED TO DEFENDING AND PROTECTING THE CIVIL RIGHTS OF EVERY PERSON IN THIS COUNTRY. THAT WAS THIS DEPARTMENT’S FOUNDING PURPOSE, AND IT REMAINS OUR URGENT MISSION. ATTORNEY GENERAL CLARKE, ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL, SINCE THE FOUNDING OF OUR NATION, THE BILL OF RIGHTS TO THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION HAS GUARANTEED THAT ALL PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO BE SECURE IN THEIR HOMES, FREE FROM FALSE WARRANTS, UNREASONABLE SEARCHES, AND THE USE OF UNJUST, JUSTIFIABLE AND EXCESSIVE FORCE BY THE POLICE. BREONNA TAYLOR SHOULD HAVE AWAKENED IN HER HOME AS USUAL ON THE MORNING OF MARCH 13TH, 2020. TRAGICALLY, SHE DID NOT. SHE WAS JUST 26 YEARS OLD. AS ATTORNEY GENERAL, GARLAND JUST STATED, TODAY’S INDICTMENTS ALLEGE THAT LOUISVILLE POLICE DETECTIVE JOSHUA JAYNES AND SERGEANT KYLE MEANY DRAFT ID AND APPROVED WHAT THEY KNEW WAS A FALSE AFFIDAVIT TO SUPPORT A SEARCH WARRANT FOR MISS TAYLOR’S HOME. THAT FALSE AFFIDAVIT SET IN MOTION EVENTS THAT LED TO MS.. TAYLOR’S DEATH. WHEN OTHER MPD OFFICERS EXECUTED THAT WARRANT, THE FOURTH AMENDMENT OF THE CONSTITUTION ENSURES THAT PEOPLE ARE SUBJECT TO SEARCHES ONLY WHEN THERE IS PROBABLE CAUSE SUPPORTING A SEARCH WARRANT. FALSE CERTIFIED WARRANTS CREATE UNNECESSARY JURY HAZARDS FOR THE PUBLIC AND FOR THE POLICE, WHO RELY ON FACTS. THAT FELLOW OFFICERS REPORT IN CARRYING OUT THEIR PUBLIC DUTIES. THE INDICTMENT ALLEGES THAT BY PREPARING A FALSE AFFIDAVIT ID TO SECURE A SEARCH WARRANT FOR BREONNA TAYLOR’S HOMES, DEFENDANTS JAYNES AND MEANY WILLFULLY DEPRIVED BREONNA TAYLOR OF HER CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT TO BE FREE FROM UNREASONABLE SEARCHES AND SEIZURES. AND WE ALLEGE THAT MISS TAYLOR’S DEATH RESULTED FROM THAT VIOLATION. IN A SEPARATE INDICTMENT, THE GRAND JURY CHARGES FORMER LMPD DETECTIVE BRETT HANKISON WITH USING UNCONSTITUTIONALLY EXCESSIVE FORCE DURING THE RAID ON MS.. TAYLOR’S HOME WITHOUT A LAWFUL OBJECTIVE, JUSTIFYING THE USE OF DEADLY FORCE. DEFENDANT HANKISON TRAVELED AWAY FROM MS.. TAYLOR’S DOORWAY TO THE SIDE OF THE BUILDING AND FIRED TEN SHOTS INTO BREONNA TAYLOR’S APARTMENT THROUGH A BEDROOM WINDOW AND A SLIDING GLASS DOOR THAT WERE BOTH COVERED WITH BLINDS AND CURTAINS. COMMUNITY SAFETY DICTATES THAT POLICE OFFICERS USE THEIR WEAPONS ONLY WHEN NECESSARY TO DEFEND AND ARE OWN LIVES OR THE LIVES OF OTHERS, AND EVEN THEN THAT THEY MUST DO SO WITH GREAT CARE AND CAUTION. TODAY’S INDICTED MAN ALLEGES THAT HANKINSON USE OF EXCESSIVE FORCE VIOLATED THE RIGHTS OF BREONNA TAYLOR AND HER GUEST AND ALSO OF HER NEIGHBORS, WHOSE LIVES WERE ENDANGERED BY BULLETS THAT PENETRATED INTO THEIR APARTMENT. ATTORNEY GENERAL GARLAND OFTEN UNDERSCORES THAT AT THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT, WE ARE TO FOLLOW THE FACTS AND THE LAW. AND TODAY, AFTER A FULL AND COMPREHENSIVE INVESTIGATION, THE FACTS AND LAW HAVE BROUGHT US HERE TO THESE INDICTMENTS. I WANT TO COMMEND OUR TEAM WHO SPENT HUNDREDS OF HOURS GATHER FACTS REGARDING THIS TRAGEDY. NO STONE WAS LEFT UNTURNED. THESE INDICTMENTS REFLECT THE DEPARTMENT’S COMMITMENT TO PRESERVING THE INTEGRITY OF THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM AND TO PROTECTING THE CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF EVERY AMERICAN INDEPENDENT FROM THESE CRIMINAL CHARGES. A SEPARATE TEAM FROM THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT’S CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION IS CONDUCTING A CIVIL INVESTIGATION INTO WHETHER THE LOUISVILLE METRO POLICE DEPARTMENT IS ENGAGING IN A PATTERN OR PRACTICE OF LAW ENFORCEMENT MISCONDUCT. WE’RE LOOKING AT WHETHER THE LMPD USES EXCESSIVE FORCE, IMPROPER SEARCHES OR RACIALLY DISCRIMINATORY POLICING. THAT ONGOING INVESTIGATION IS SEPARATE FROM TODAY’S CHARGES. IN CLOSING, I EXTEND CONDOLENCES TO BREONNA TAYLOR’S FAMILY AND LOVED ONES. TODAY, WE ACKNOWLEDGE THE LOSS OF HER LIFE. WE RECOGNIZE HER DIGNITY AND WE COMMIT OURSELVES TO THE PURSUIT OF JUSTICE. TWO QUESTIONS, REALLY, JUST TO. I WAS WONDERING IF YOU COULD JUST ELABORATE A LITTLE BIT ON SORT OF THE TOP LINE THINGS THAT YOU’RE FINDING IN THE PETITO PRACTICE INVESTIGATION SO FAR. AND SECONDLY, THIS QUESTIONS FOR THE AG WITH BRITTNEY GRINER TRIAL LIKELY WRAPPING UP SHORTLY IN RUSSIA. DO YOU EXPECT MS.. GRINER AND TREVOR REED TO BE TREATED FOR VIKTOR BOUT? AND DO YOU SUPPORT SUCH AN EXCHANGE? DO YOU EXPECT OTHER PRISONER SWAPS FREQUENT? YOU KNOW, I WAS COUNTING. YEAH, I’LL TAKE THE SECOND QUESTION. ALL I CAN SAY IS, AS SECRETARY OF STATE HAS SAID, THAT MS.. GRINER WAS UNLAWFULLY DETAINED AND BEYOND THAT, I REALLY CAN’T COMMENT. I’M GOING TO LET ASSISTANT ATTORNEY GENERAL CLARK ANSWER THE QUESTION ABOUT A PATTERN OR PRACTICE, INVESTIGATION OR INVEST AGGRESSION IN OUR PATTERN OR PRACTICE INVESTIGATION INTO THE POLICE DEPARTMENT IS ONGOING. OUR TEAM HAS BEEN ON THE GROUND CONDUCTING INTERVIEWS WITH STAKEHOLDERS, MEMBERS OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT, ENGAGING IN RIDE ALONGS, REVIEWING DOCUMENTS AND DATA. WE WILL SHARE MORE ONCE THAT INVESTIGATION HAS CONCLUDED. YES. THANK YOU. THE NONE OF THE THE ONLY OFFICER IN LOUISVILLE WHO HAS FACED CHARGES LOCALLY WAS ACQUITTED. AND THAT’S BRENT HANKINSON. DID THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT FEEL COMPELLED TO STEP IN, IN PART BECAUSE THEY BELIEVE JUSTICE WAS NOT SERVED ON A LOCAL LEVEL? AND YOU BELIEVE THE FACT THAT PROSECUTORS DID NOT CHARGE ANY OF THE OFFICERS EXCEPT HANKINSON AND HE WAS CLEARED OF THOSE CHARGES WILL MAKE YOUR CASE MORE DIFFICULT. THE JUSTICE DEPARTMENT BRINGS CHARGES, INCLUDING CHARGES WHERE THEY’VE BEEN BROUGHT BEFORE. WHEN WE BELIEVE SUBSTANTIAL FEDERAL INTERESTS HAVE NOT BEEN VINDICATED AND NEED TO BE VINDICATE IT. THIS CASE CHARGES VIOLATION OF FEDERAL OFFENSES. OBVIOUSLY, THE STATE DID NOT. AND THAT EXPLAINS OUR DETERMINATION IN THIS CASE. DO YOU THINK THAT’LL MAKE IT MORE DIFFICULT, THOUGH, THAT THIS THAT THIS I GUESS IT WAS ACQUITTED AND THE OTHER FOLKS WERE NOT? I HAVE EVERY DEGREE OF CONFIDENCE IN OUR PROSECUTORS AND INVESTIGATION AND INVESTIGATORS IN THIS CASE. KATHRYN, YOUR CBS NEWS. ATTORNEY GENERAL, WAS THERE A PIECE OF EVIDENCE OR A WITNESS THAT REALLY DROVE THE DEPARTMENTS DECISION TO FAST TRACK THE BREONNA TAYLOR CASE? WELL, THIS INVESTIGATION HAS BEEN GOING ON URGENTLY. IT’S RUN BY CAREER PROSECUTORS AND INVESTIGATORS. IT’S A COMPLEX CASE AS YOU CAN EVEN TELL, BY THE THREE CHARGING DOCUMENTS WE FILED TODAY. AND TODAY IS THE DAY WHEN WE WERE READY TO BRING THOSE CHARGES. COULD A NEWS OF THE DAY QUESTION THE GRAND JURY HERE IN WASHINGTON HAS ISSUED SUBPOENAS FOR TOP MEMBERS OF THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION. IS THERE A WINDOW TO BRING CHARGES IN THAT INVESTIGATION BEFORE THE MIDTERMS? THIS IS SOMETHING I CAN’T COMMENT ABOUT. I’M SORRY, MR. ATTORNEY GENERAL. JUST THE DONALD TRUMP AS A FORMER PRESIDENT, HAVE ANY ABILITY TO BLOCK TESTIMONY OF WITNESSES, OF WITNESSES WHO ARE TESTIFYING IN A CRIMINAL GRAND JURY INVESTIGATION BY A CERTAIN EXECUTIVE PRIVILEGE. NO, I’M AFRAID I’M GOING TO GIVE YOU THE SAME ANSWER I JUST GAVE, WHICH IS I’M NOT ABLE TO COMMENT ABOUT THAT. THANK YOU. AND YOUR FORMER PRESIDENT. ALL RIGHT. THANK. NOW, JUST TO BRING YOU UP TO SPEED FOR FORMER AND CURRENT OFFICERS CHARGED WITH VIOLATING TAYLOR’S CIVIL RIGHTS, BRETT HANKISON, JOSHUA JAYNES, KYLE MEANY AND KELLY LET THE FAMILY OF BREONNA TAYLOR IS EXPECTED TO SPEAK VERY SOON FROM JEFFERSON SQUARE AND DOWNTOWN LOUISVILLE.

Feds charge 4 police officers in fatal Breonna Taylor raid

The U.S. Justice Department has charged four Louisville police officers involved in the deadly Breonna Taylor raid with civil rights violations.Federal charges against former officers Joshua Jaynes, Brett Hankison and Kelly Goodlett, along with Sgt. Kyle Meany were announced by U.S. Attorney Merrick Garland on Thursday.Garland said federal officials “share but cannot fully imagine the grief” felt by Taylor’s family.”Breonna Taylor should be alive today,” he said.Taylor, a 26-year-old Black medical worker, was shot to death by Louisville officers who had knocked down her door while executing the search warrant. Taylor’s boyfriend fired a shot that hit one of the officers as they came through the door and they returned fire, striking Taylor multiple times.Hankison, who was dismissed from the department in 2020, was one of the officers at Taylor’s door and one of three who fired shots that night. He was acquitted by a jury of state charges of wanton endangerment earlier this year in Louisville.Jaynes had applied for the warrant to search Taylor’s house. He was fired in January 2021 by former Louisville Police interim chief Yvette Gentry for violating department standards in the preparation of a search warrant execution and for being “untruthful” in the Taylor warrant.More background on the raidTaylor’s apartment was raided on March 13, 2020, as part of a larger drug investigation.The 26-year-old was at home with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, when they heard knocking at the door.Once in the hallway, plainclothes detectives burst open the front door of her apartment and gunfire rang out. An officer was shot in the leg, and Taylor was shot multiple times. Bullets went into neighboring units.Taylor’s death sparked months of protests across Louisville, and added fuel to a nationwide movement around other shootings of Black people, like George Floyd.Until now, only one officer involved had ever been charged, Det. Brett Hankison, but he was acquitted of all charges earlier this year. More on JaynesJaynes is accused of lying on the affidavit. Jaynes wrote that he verified through a U.S. postal inspector a suspected drug dealer, Jamarcus Glover, was picking up packages at Taylor’s apartment. But he did not personally verify that information.He has said that he relied on the information provided by Sgt. Jon Mattingly, another officer there the night of the raid. We learned from the internal investigation that Mattingly told Jaynes that Glover was not receiving suspicious packages there, but Jaynes still wrote down Glover had received parcels at Taylor’s home in the affidavit and implied they were indicative of drug trafficking.He later clarified to investigators that he meant “any” parcels, not just “suspicious” ones.”Um, was it – it – the way that you worded that specific bullet point in your affidavit, was it your intent to mislead the – the reviewing judge?” a PIU investigator asked in May.”No, not at all. And like I said, I could have – I – I could have worded a little bit differently in there. But I try to be as – as (unintelligible) as detailed. Or sometimes it’s good to be not as detailed,” Jaynes replied.But the Public Integrity Unit interviewed two Shively police officers who refuted Jaynes’ account, saying they told several LMPD officers no packages were being delivered there.Read more here.

The U.S. Justice Department has charged four Louisville police officers involved in the deadly Breonna Taylor raid with civil rights violations.

Federal charges against former officers Joshua Jaynes, Brett Hankison and Kelly Goodlett, along with Sgt. Kyle Meany were announced by U.S. Attorney Merrick Garland on Thursday.

Garland said federal officials “share but cannot fully imagine the grief” felt by Taylor’s family.

“Breonna Taylor should be alive today,” he said.

Taylor, a 26-year-old Black medical worker, was shot to death by Louisville officers who had knocked down her door while executing the search warrant. Taylor’s boyfriend fired a shot that hit one of the officers as they came through the door and they returned fire, striking Taylor multiple times.

Hankison, who was dismissed from the department in 2020, was one of the officers at Taylor’s door and one of three who fired shots that night. He was acquitted by a jury of state charges of wanton endangerment earlier this year in Louisville.

Jaynes had applied for the warrant to search Taylor’s house. He was fired in January 2021 by former Louisville Police interim chief Yvette Gentry for violating department standards in the preparation of a search warrant execution and for being “untruthful” in the Taylor warrant.

More background on the raid

Taylor’s apartment was raided on March 13, 2020, as part of a larger drug investigation.

The 26-year-old was at home with her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, when they heard knocking at the door.

Once in the hallway, plainclothes detectives burst open the front door of her apartment and gunfire rang out. An officer was shot in the leg, and Taylor was shot multiple times. Bullets went into neighboring units.

Taylor’s death sparked months of protests across Louisville, and added fuel to a nationwide movement around other shootings of Black people, like George Floyd.

Until now, only one officer involved had ever been charged, Det. Brett Hankison, but he was acquitted of all charges earlier this year.

More on Jaynes

Jaynes is accused of lying on the affidavit.

Jaynes wrote that he verified through a U.S. postal inspector a suspected drug dealer, Jamarcus Glover, was picking up packages at Taylor’s apartment. But he did not personally verify that information.

He has said that he relied on the information provided by Sgt. Jon Mattingly, another officer there the night of the raid.

We learned from the internal investigation that Mattingly told Jaynes that Glover was not receiving suspicious packages there, but Jaynes still wrote down Glover had received parcels at Taylor’s home in the affidavit and implied they were indicative of drug trafficking.

He later clarified to investigators that he meant “any” parcels, not just “suspicious” ones.

“Um, was it – it – the way that you worded that specific bullet point in your affidavit, was it your intent to mislead the – the reviewing judge?” a PIU investigator asked in May.

“No, not at all. And like I said, I could have – I – I could have worded a little bit differently in there. But I try to be as – as (unintelligible) as detailed. Or sometimes it’s good to be not as detailed,” Jaynes replied.

But the Public Integrity Unit interviewed two Shively police officers who refuted Jaynes’ account, saying they told several LMPD officers no packages were being delivered there.

Read more here.



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