Joshua Jaynes’ attorney pens letter challenging LMPD chief’s intent to fire him

Interim Chief Gentry meets with officers in Breonna Taylor case

Joshua Jaynes’ attorney pens letter challenging LMPD chief’s intent to fire him

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - It is now up to Louisville Metro Police Interim Chief Yvette Gentry to make the final determination on whether to fire two officers involved in the Breonna Taylor after listening to them make their arguments.

Detectives Joshua Jaynes and Myles Cosgrove met with Gentry on Monday, as reported by WAVE 3 News. According to sources, their attorneys made presentations on behalf of their clients.

The pre-termination hearing, which is more like a meeting, is a standard procedure once an officer receives a pre-termination letter, as Jaynes and Cosgrove did last week.

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Now, it is up to Gentry to decide whether to stick with her intentions of firing them. There is no rule for when she has to make a decision by. According to those familiar with the process, she likely will review the information presented before making a decision, something that could take a few days.

Yvette Gentry was named LMPD interim chief on Sept. 7, 2020.
Yvette Gentry was named LMPD interim chief on Sept. 7, 2020. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

Until then, the officers and the public will have to wait.

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LMPD has not provided any public comments about the termination letters. Sources told WAVE 3 News Troubleshooters that that was at the direction of the County Attorney’s Office, fearing any public statements could impede the officers’ rights to due process.

Jaynes was represented by two administrative attorneys during the meeting.

“Detective Jaynes and his counsel met with Chief Yvette Gentry this morning to explain his perspective surrounding the investigation and proposed discipline, which is standard protocol in circumstances like this,” one of his attorneys, Chadwick Gardner, told WAVE 3 News in a statement. “We will await a final decision from LMPD regarding Detective Jaynes and have no further comment at this time.”

Gardner stated the chief did not discuss a potential timeframe for when a decision could be reached.

Late Monday afternoon, WAVE 3 News obtained a letter from Jaynes’ attorney to Gentry aimed at contradicting her evaluation of Jaynes’ role in the Taylor investigation. Read the full letter below:

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