A Month Before Louisville Drug Warriors Killed Breonna Taylor, They Knew the ‘Suspicious Packages’ She Supposedly Was Receiving Came From Amazon
Even after Breonna Taylor broke up with Jamarcus Glover, he continued to receive packages at her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky. That arrangement had lethal consequences, because it was the main justification for the reckless, fruitless March 13 drug raid that killed Taylor, an unarmed 26-year-old EMT with no criminal record.
Police obtained the no-knock warrant to search Taylor’s apartment by suggesting that Glover, who was arrested for drug dealing that same night, had been stashing “narcotics and/or proceeds from the sale of narcotics” there. But according to newly released transcripts of interviews with Louisville police officers, they knew a month before they invaded Taylor’s home that Glover’s packages contained neither of those things.
The interviews, conducted as part of an internal investigation after the raid, reveal that Joshua Jaynes, the detective who obtained the search warrant that proved to be Taylor’s death warrant, learned in early February that there was nothing suspicious about the packages that Glover had delivered at her apartment, which came from Amazon. Jaynes nevertheless used those packages to imply that she was involved in Glover’s illegal activity, which Glover insists is not true.
According to Jaynes’ search warrant affidavit, he saw Glover pick up a USPS package at Taylor’s apartment on January 16. He later told Sgt. Jason Vance, an investigator with the Louisville Metro Police Department’s Public Integrity Unit, that he asked Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, who worked with the local Postal Inspector’s Office as a member of the department’s Airport Interdiction Team (and who later participated in the raid that killed Taylor), to look into the mail that Glover was receiving.
Initially, it seemed that Jaynes had discovered important evidence in the case against Glover. According to Jaynes, Mattingly told him the Postal Inspector’s Office was “doing [an] investigation on this guy” because “he’s getting suspicious packages.” Jaynes was excited at the prospect of a “reversal” that would catch Glover accepting delivery of “dope” detected by the postal service. “I was like, ‘That’s awesome,'” he said in the May 19 interview with Vance. “I was pumped. I was like, ‘This is perfect.’ I was like, ‘This is how we’re gonna get this guy is through reversal.'”
But “this guy,” it turned out, was not Jamarcus Glover. It was a man named Jason Glover, and the “suspicious pac
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