LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Former Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) detective Joshua Jaynes is suing the LMPD Police Merit Board to get his job back. Jaynes was fired in Jan. and accused of lying on a search warrant that was used to justify the raid on Breonna Taylor's home, ultimately leading to her death. The board unanimously upheld Jaynes' termination in June.
What You Need To Know
- Former LMPD detective Joshua Jaynes is suing to get his job back
- Jaynes is accused of lying on a search warrant that was used to justify the raid on Breonna Taylor's home
- LMPD's Police Merit Board upheld is termination in June
- The lawsuit states the board's findings and orders "included false facts and erroneous facts"
The lawsuit states the board's findings and orders "included false facts and erroneous facts which resulted in an arbitrary decision not supported by facts."
While Jaynes was not present the night officers shot and killed Taylor, Jaynes prepared the warrant for her home. Jaynes has claimed he verified the information through Sgt. Jon Mattingly, who was shot during the raid on Taylor's home.
During Jaynes' appeal hearings in June, former LMPD Interim Chief Yvette Gentry, who made the decision to fire Jaynes, testified that Jaynes was untruthful when he claimed he verified through a U.S. Postal Inspector that Taylor’s ex-boyfriend was receiving packages at her home. Mayor Greg Fischer said he supported the decision after Jaynes' termination was upheld.
Jaynes told the board he did his job and he believes he "didn't do wrong." After the board made its decision, Jaynes' attorney said he planned to appeal.
Taylor's death during a no-knock raid on her apartment in March 2020 sparked protests across Louisville and the country. Only one officer involved in the raid, former LMPD officer Brett Hankison, faces any charges. No officers face charges directly related to her death.