Cop who issued Breonna Taylor Raid warrant is trying to get his job back
The more I write and read these stories, the more it becomes evident that police culture revolves around the belief that as a cop you shouldn’t have to face consequences, so it’s no surprise that the cop who issued the warrant that led to the death of Breonna Taylor is currently trying to get her job back.
According to WLKYJoshua Jaynes testified before the Police Merit Board on Thursday in an attempt to get his job back. Jaynes was fired earlier this year by Acting Police Chief Yvette Gentry, and a Public Integrity Unit investigation found Jaynes’ wording on the warrant was misleading. A lawyer for Jaynes argued that his dismissal took place before the professional standards investigation was completed and that the reason given for his dismissal did not correspond to the facts of the case. Jaynes is seeking not only to be rehired, but also to receive back pay for the duration of his layoff.
Investigators say the warrant says Jaynes verified through the U.S. Postal Service that Taylor’s ex-boyfriend was receiving packages, potentially containing drugs, from his home in west Louisville.
But Gentry’s termination letter claims that was not true. Instead, the former acting chief said the information was received by another detective and could not be independently corroborated.
During Thursday’s hearing, the Merit Council said the other detective was Jonathan Mattingly, one of the central figures in the raid on Taylor’s home. Mattingly was shot that night.
The merit committee questioned Jaynes, reiterating that it had not verified the claims with the postal inspector. The former detective confirmed that was the case.
“Personally, I haven’t spoken to the postal inspector,” Jaynes admitted.
Still, Jaynes swears he didn’t lie about the search warrant.
Jaynes tried to trick the judge into the case by withholding the fact that he received the warrant information from a fellow detective and not from someone at the post office. This fact became one of the main arguments that the lawyer for the police department used against him.
Even though Jaynes didn’t intentionally lie about the warrant, it’s still shoddy police work. It is a mandate based on the secondmanual information that hasn’t even been verified. If I wrote a story that said “Person X committed a heinous act” but took no action to independently verify that there was truth to that story, and as a result I opened The root to potential lawsuits, I would lose my job, it’s that simple.
If I made a mistake that resulted in the death of a person, I wouldn’t be spending my time trying to justify that mistake. This shit would probably break me if I’m being honest. These are consequences you have to deal with, and given that you are still breathing when someone else is not, I would say losing your job is losing light.