Disgraced Officers Fired In the Shooting Death of Breonna Taylor

The Louisville Metro Police Department has terminated a duo of police officers for their negligence that caused the shooting death of Breonna Taylor according to their termination paperwork. Taylor was a first responder and healthcare worker who was shot dead when two Louisville police officers forcefully entered her apartment in a botched raid. The emergency room technician’s killing prompted a national outcry that activated impassioned summer protest and aching calls to “defund the police.” While the police weren’t defunded officers Joshua Jaynes and Myles Cosgrove have lost their public funded pay after being served their walking papers on Tuesday according to Louisville Police Chief Yvette Gentry.

L to R Joshua Jaynes/ Myles Cosgrove

Cosgrove and Jaynes violated a plethora of department policies that included but wasn’t limited to circumventing standard operating procedures, failing to turn on worn body cams and unlawfully attaining the deadly search warrant. Breonna Taylor thought she was secure in her home alongside her significant other Kenneth Walker on March 13 when Louisville police stormed in without uniforms to serve a no-knock warrant. A legal action that was intended to be carried out against two individuals who had no sort of criminal history and assumed they were being home invaded on. Walkers assumption that he and his partners life was in danger resulted in him utilizing his licensed to carry gun to shoot presumed self defense shots. The returned fire killed Breonna Taylor horrifically validating his initial trepidations.

Source: New York Daily News

Officer Cosgrove was responsible for spraying 16 rounds into the couples home. The police chief spoke about the cowboy action saying “The shots you fired went in three different directions, indicating you did not verify a threat or have target acquisition. In other words, the evidence show that you fired wildly at unidentified subjects or targets located within an apartment.” Adding “I can not justify your conduct nor in good conscience recommend anything less than termination.” Jaynes was not present during the horrific exchange but was responsible for securing the “untruthful” search warrant that led to the fatal shooting. Chief Gentry credited Jaynes failure “to inform the judge that you had no contact” with the postal inspector for his newly employed status. Following the ex officer’s false assertions of having insider knowledge of drugs being sold by Breonna’s ex boyfriend by way of the USPS which they refuted. His “sworn information was not only inaccurate” but “untruthful” according to Gentry.

The “Fraternal Order of Police” which is funded by the officers say they intend to appeal the decision as reported by CNN.


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