The Louisville Metro Police Department is investigating six of its officers for their roles in the death of Breonna Taylor, according to the Louisville Courier Journal.
The investigation, headed by the department’s Professional Standards Unit, is separate from an investigation from the department’s Public Integrity Unit, which forwarded its findings to Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron who is expected to announce a grand jury decision on whether to press criminal charges “soon.”
The internal investigation is examining whether the officers involved violated department policies.
Detective Myles Cosgrove and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, who shot into Taylor’s apartment, detective Joshua Jaynes, who swore out the affidavit to get the search warrant, detectives Tony James, Michael Campbell and Michael Nobles are the subjects of the investigation. All of the officers except Jaynes were present when Taylor was killed on March 13.
However, other officers may become subjects in the investigation as well, such as Lt. Shawn Hoover, who Mattingly said was also involved in the investigation that led to Taylor’s death.
Detective Brett Hankison, who “blindly” shot into the apartment, was fired from the department in June after the Public Integrity Unit investigation.
Taylor, who was shot five times, died in her hallway.
The department did not say which of its policies may have been violated.
Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, who returned fire and shot Mattingly, said police did not announce their presence before breaking down the apartment’s door.
Detectives James and Cosgrove were both photographed immediately following the shooting wearing body cameras, but then-LMPD Chief Steve Conrad said there was no body camera footage to share from the shooting.
Social media activists have routinely called for the officers involved in the shooting to be fired and face criminal charges similar to the charges filed against the former Minneapolis police officers involved in the death of George Floyd.
Department spokeswoman Jessie Halladay told the Louisville Courier Journal that the investigation could lead to disciplinary action against the officers, including termination, but state law required the criminal case to take priority.
“Due to state law, investigators are prevented from crucial aspects of the investigation until the criminal case is complete,” she said.
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