More details are emerging about the Breonna Taylor case. An internal investigation revealed that Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers were repeatedly told that no “suspicious” packages were delivered to her home in connection to their drug investigation.
According to WDRB, an investigative report from LMPD’s Public Integrity Unit showed that two members of the Shively Police Department checked with a postal inspector and found that there were no packages being sent to Taylor’s apartment, “suspicious or otherwise.”
One day before the raid took place, Detective Joshua Jaynes wrote a warrant affidavit saying that he “verified through a U.S. Postal Inspector that Jamarcus Glover [Taylor’s ex] has been receiving packages” at Taylor's apartment.
Jaynes’ claims gave the police justification to enter her home as part of their narcotics investigation.
The outlet also reports that during a May 18 interview, Shively police Sgt. Timothy Salyer told the department’s Public Integrity Unit that he asked LMPD Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly about the affidavit. “Sgt. Mattingly stated he told Detective Jaynes there was no package history at that address,” Salyer reportedly told investigators.
Back in January, Mattingly reached out to Salyer and Shively Detective Mike Kuzma and asked them to investigate packages that came to Taylor’s home on Jan. 17, but Glover told authorities he received shoes and clothes.
Salyer told investigators that he was contacted by Detective Mike Nobles and Detective Kelly Hanna — two other LMPD officers — about the alleged packages and he “told them the same information.”
Last week, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced that only one officer would face charges in Taylor’s case. Former LMPD Detective Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment for “blindly” shooting into the units of Taylor’s neighbors. Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove were not indicted because Cameron said the men acted in self-defense.
The attorney general filed to get an extension on releasing the grand jury recordings, arguing that he needed more time to redact witnesses’ personal information from the 20 hours of audio. A judge ruled that he and his office have to release the recordings by noon on Friday (Oct. 2).