Louisville detective who obtained no-knock warrant for Breonna Taylor's apartment reassigned
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The Louisville Metro Police detective who applied for the search warrant that triggered the deadly gunshot on Breonna Taylor has been subjected to an administrative reallocation.
Robert Schroeder, interim police chief of the Louisville subway, announced on Wednesday morning that he had hired Detective Joshua Jaynes to perform the administrative reassignment until questions from Taylor's family, her lawyers, a U.S. postal inspector, and others were answered, how and why the warrant was approved.
Schroeder also said the matter had been referred to the FBI, which had launched its own investigation into Taylor's death.
Jaynes wrote five affidavits during a drug investigation in March asking for a judge's permission to search without knocking, including at Taylor's home.
Jefferson Circuit judge Mary Shaw signed all five within 12 minutes.
According to court files, the arrest warrants concerned Taylor's apartment on Springfield Drive, a suspected drug store in Russell's district on Elliott Avenue, two vacant houses near Elliott Avenue, and a suspected hideout on West Muhammad Ali Boulevard.
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The arrest warrant for the Muhammad Ali house has not been carried out, according to court records, although the police did not specify why.
Arrest warrants for Taylor's apartment and Elliott Avenue were executed almost simultaneously.
While Taylor was mentioned in the warrant for her apartment, two men - Jamarcus Glover and Adrian Walker - were mentioned in all five warrants and were among the main objectives of the investigation.
Glover was arrested that night on Elliott Avenue for trafficking and firearms offenses. The case is still pending.
Experts are skeptical about the use without knocking
The language of all five warrants is similar and describes the criminal history of the suspects and Jaynes' observations. Everyone ends up asking for a no-knock entry "because of the way these drug dealers work".
Jaynes wrote that subjects have previously attempted to destroy evidence, use cameras to monitor the police, and have previously fled law enforcement.
Taylor's apartment was included in the search because Jaynes said Glover received a package from Taylor's house in January and went to a "well-known drug house."
However, experts previously contacted by the USA TODAY Network's Louisville Courier Journal about no-knock warrants saw problems with Jayne's request.
Professor Christopher Slobogin, director of Vanderbilt University's criminal justice program, said: "If the police had no reason to believe that this house had cameras and explained the reason to the judge, a warrant without a knock would be inappropriate."
"Otherwise," he said, "the police would never have to knock and announce a drug trafficking search, with ramifications like the one we have in this case."
Brian Gallini, a professor at the University of Arkansas, who wrote about the fourth change, was also skeptical: "If it were appropriate here, any routine drug transaction would justify non-knocking reasons."
Jaynes also wrote that he had "checked by a US postal inspector that Jamarcus Glover had received packages" in Taylor's apartment.
"It is not uncommon for drug traffickers to receive postal packages in different locations so that law enforcement can not find them," wrote Jaynes. "... Mr. J. Glover can store narcotics and / or proceeds from the sale of narcotics" in Taylor's apartment "for safekeeping.
US postal inspector Tony Gooden of Louisville told WDRB News in May that another agency had asked in January if Taylor's house had received suspicious mail. The office had decided that, according to Gooden, the apartment was not.
"There are no interesting packages there," Gooden told the news agency.
The Courier Journal could not reach Gooden for comment.
Benjamin Crump, a Florida-based lawyer who represents Taylor's family and has been involved in several high-profile cases of African Americans killed in police shootings, wrote in a press release that Gooden's statement "directly contradicts the statements made by the police in the affidavit." Get a warrant for your home. "
More than a month after Taylor's death, Jaynes received another warrant for the alleged trap house on Elliott Avenue that was still targeting Glover and three other suspects. Glover was arrested after this search for additional trafficking fees.
When the police entered Taylor's house early in the morning of March 13, Kenneth Walker, Taylor's friend, fired his gun and hit a policeman in the leg, alleging that someone broke in.
The officers returned the fire and beat and killed Taylor, an unarmed 26-year-old emergency doctor.
Andy Wolfson contributed to this report.
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This article originally appeared in the Louisville Courier Journal: Breonna Taylor: Louisville Detective with Newly Arrested Warrant
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