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Breonna Taylor's mother reacts to officers' terminations

Posted at 10:50 PM, Dec 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-30 23:50:53-05

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (LEX 18) — Breonna Taylor's mother said the anticipated firing of two officers involved in Taylor's death is just one step toward achieving justice.

Speaking with WAVE 3 News Wednesday, Tamika Palmer reacted to reports that two Louisville Metro Police Department officers received letters informing them of their termination.

WAVE 3 News learned that LMPD Interim Chief Yvette Gentry wrote notices to Detective Joshua Jaynes, who served the warrant that led to the raid on Taylor's apartment, and Detective Myles Cosgrove, who, according to the FBI, fired the shot that killed Taylor.

"Detective Jaynes lied when he swore 'verified through a U.S. Postal Inspector,'" Chief Gentry wrote to Jaynes, referring to Jaynes' apparent claim on the affidavit that a postal inspector advised Jamarcus Glover, Taylor's ex-boyfriend, had been receiving packages at her address.

Gentry said Jaynes had not had contact with a postal inspector, according to WAVE 3 News.

"It's important to do a thorough investigation," Palmer told WAVE 3 News. "It's important to know the people that you're going after. [To] crucify her because of someone she's known isn't a reason for her die--isn't a reason for anyone to die."

The WAVE 3 News Troubleshooters team also learned that the notice sent to Cosgrove that he "fired without properly identifying a target."

An emotional Palmer said she still has lingering questions.

"Why didn't anybody help her or even attempt to help her?" she said. "What would it have changed for them? Because it changed our world."