A lawyer representing a Louisville police officer has accused the mayor’s office of driving a neighborhood revitalization program that they claim led to Breonna Taylor’s death in a botched drug robbery.
Documents received from WAVE-TV stated that the city’s community development bureau was working with the Louisville Metro Police Department on the Elliott Avenue Project, a development project with a “location-based approach.”
A lawsuit brought by Taylor’s family against the three officials involved in her death – Sgt. Brett Hankison, Myles Cosgrove, and Jonathan Mattingly – said Mayor Greg Fischer wanted to develop the area and targeted houses on the street that needed to be cleared.
Detective Joshua Jaynes, who secured the warrant that took the officers to Taylor’s apartment, and Cosgrove received letters of resignation from interim Police Chief Yvette Gentry last week. Hankison was released in June and faces three wanton threats.
This undated file photo of Taylor Family Attorney Sam Aguiar shows Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky (courtesy of Taylor Family Attorney Sam Aguiar via AP, File).
The hearings for both officers took place on Monday. Messages to her lawyers were not returned. Fischer’s office told Fox State that state law prevented it from discussing the allegations.
Gentry will decide whether the layoffs are official. Cosgrove is found to have fired the shot that killed Taylor during the March 13 operation.
An investigation found Jaynes had breached department warrant preparation and truthfulness procedures. Authorities said Taylor’s ex-boyfriend Jamarcus Glover was conducting a drug operation on a house on Elliott Avenue that took investigators to her apartment.
Taylor, 26, was fatally shot in a hail of bullets by officers executing the warrant in her home.
Jaynes’ attorney Thomas Clay set out his claims in a Monday letter to Gentry.
“You no doubt also know that the mayor’s office was heavily involved in the entire operation,” Clay wrote. “In fact, we believe the mayor was directly involved in the selection of this area for scrutiny, as the drug activity was carried out at the ‘Trap House’ at 2424 Elliott Avenue and other vacant homes in the neighborhood.”
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Fischer’s office has denied there was any police-specific information to focus on Glover’s alleged drug house. The city has acquired properties along Elliott Avene, including the house where Glover was accused of using drugs.