Two Louisville Metro Police Department officers fired over their involvement in the Breonna Taylor case are appealing their termination.
Gentry alleged Jaynes was untruthful in obtaining a warrant to search Taylor’s home, which police raided on March 13, 2020, in search of evidence against her ex-boyfriend. LMPD officers fatally shot Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, during the raid.
Cosgrove’s termination letter said he violated body camera and use-of-force policies, including failing to “verify a threat” or identify a target when he discharged his gun multiple times into Taylor’s apartment — ultimately firing the shot that killed Taylor, according to a ballistics report from an FBI lab.
“Despite your years of service, I cannot justify your conduct nor in good conscience recommend anything less than termination,” Gentry wrote in Cosgrove’s letter.
The document — provided by his attorney, Thomas Clay — also stated that Jaynes’ “procedural due process rights” were violated, and that his firing was “disproportionate when compared with discipline issued to other LMPD members for similar allegations.”
A Police Merit Board coordinator confirmed Cosgrove’s appeal over the phone. WFPL has not yet obtained the document.
A third LMPD officer, Brett Hankison, also was fired for his involvement in the deadly raid, during which he shot into Taylor’s home and a neighbor’s apartment. A grand jury indicted him on wanton endangerment charges for the bullets that entered the neighboring apartment, and a jury trial is scheduled for late August.
Hankison has also appealed his firing, but the merit board has not yet considered his case due to pending criminal charges.