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Louisville Police Board Upholds Firing of Officer Who Obtained Breonna Taylor Warrant

After three days of testimony, the Louisville Metro Police Department Merit Board decided Wednesday to uphold the firing of former Detective Joshua Jaynes, the officer who obtained the search warrant for Breonna Taylor‘s apartment.

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Former interim chief Yvette Gentry fired Jaynes after she learned he lied on the request form, saying he had personally confirmed certain details in a case surrounding Taylor’s ex-boyfriend, convicted drug trafficker Jamarcus Glover, when in fact he had gotten the tip from another officer.

“I’m here today because I believe I didn’t do anything wrong,” Jaynes testified to the Merit Board Wednesday. “Am I a human being? Yes. Am I a police officer? Well, I was a police officer. But I did everything to the best of my knowledge, I did.”

Gentry said she made her decision based on Jaynes’ untruthfulness when he wrote the affidavit, according to a reporter from WHAS11 news who was on the scene.

The Louisville Police Merit Board has upheld the firing of Officer Joshua Jaynes, the officer who obtained the warrant on Breonna Taylor’s apartment. This image shows an art installation at the Big Four Lawn on June 5, 2021, in Louisville, Kentucky, for an event commemorating what would have been Taylor’s 28th birthday.
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This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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