Police gave conflicting accounts about packages being sent to Breonna Taylor’s home
Police from a neighboring town say they told Louisville cops no parcels were being delivered to an ex.
Additional documents related to the investigation into the shooting death of Breonna Taylor have been released.
Documents released by the City of Louisville show that there are conflicting accounts of whether or not packages were being received at Taylor’s home for her ex-boyfriend, Jamarcus Glover. The question of packages remains at the heart of the no-knock warrant that resulted in Taylor’s death.
The new transcript released by the City of Louisville reveals police from the city of Shively, Kentucky were contacted by Louisville Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly on January 17 asking Shively officers to check into possible packages with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service.
Mattingly is one of the three Louisville Metro Police officers who shot and killed Taylor while executing the no-knock warrant.
“I told Jon Mattingly that, you know, ‘hey no parcels,'” Shively Det. Mike Kuzma told investigators, “and that was pretty much the end of it.”
Kuzma told investigators that a few weeks later, another Louisville detective asked about packages being delivered at Taylor’s home. Again, he told the detectives that there were no packages.
“They told me no,” Kuzma said of the postal inspectors, “and that’s what I passed on (to LMPD), was no.”
The no-knock warrant executed on Taylor’s home on March 13 was related to an investigation into whether Glover was supplying drug houses. In obtaining the warrant, the police claimed that he was getting mail and packages delivered to Taylor’s home.
Shively Sgt. Timothy Salyer told investigators that in April, a month after Taylor’s shooting death, another Louisville officer, Det. Joshua Jaynes, sent him a text asking if packages were sent to the address.
“It seemed odd,” Salyer said of Jaynes’ text. “I kinda thought, this is a month after the shooting and you’re just now asking me if there has been a box in his name delivered there. He wrote a search warrant on it saying it was delivered there, but now you’re asking a month later.”
“I don’t know how to say it without saying it looks like you’re trying to cover your a**, is what it appears to me,” Salyer told investigators.
In May, Jaynes told officials that the postal inspector information was only being used to confirm what he said he personally witnessed, which was Glover receiving a package at Taylor’s address in January.
None of the three officers executing the warrant were charged with Taylor’s shooting death. A lone former detective, Brett Hankison, was charged with wanton endangerment for shooting into a neighboring apartment.