In one of the files obtained by WHAS11, Sergeant Andrew Meyer concluded that not a single officer at Taylor’s home should have fired his gun.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A recently released report by the Public Standards Unit (PSU) of the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) said that no officer should have fired their guns during the raid that resulted in the death of Breonna Taylor.
After the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that investigative records are no longer exempt from the Open Records Act once a public agency takes final action on employee complaints, the Louisville metropolitan government changed its process for releasing investigative files in employee misconduct, such as the PSU’s investigation into the set of Breonna Taylor.
In one of the files obtained by WHAS11, Sergeant Andrew Meyer concluded that not a single officer carrying out the raid at Taylor’s home should have fired his gun during the execution of the raid in March 2020.
Meyer said lethal force should have been used only against the person who posed a lethal threat, but “the wrong person was shot.”
Although Meyer and his lieutenant both recommended that Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly be found in violation of the LMPD’s use of force policy, he was not. Instead, Detectives Myles Cosgrove and Brett Hankison were tried in violation of departmental policies.
A memo from former acting LMPD chief Yvette Gentry said the findings were not confirmed and she did not recommend Mattingly any disciplinary action.
Gentry said Mattingly identified Kenneth Walker as having a gun in his hand, posing “an immediate threat of death or serious injury to an officer.”
“Sergeant Mattingly’s actions must therefore be viewed through the lens of what he reasonably believed at the time he discharged his gun at an identified threat, at the end of a dimly lit hall, after being himself shot, “the memo reads.
Mattingly recently told the ministry he would be retiring effective June 1. WHAS11 contacted his lawyer who declined to comment.
Following the release of the PSU report, former LMPD interim leader Yvette Gentry issued a statement:
“While limited in what I can say due to upcoming hearings, I struggle when I let others speak for me, so I’m going to say this about the death of Breonna Taylor.
I have read a lot of reports, seen pictures. I cried, I kicked, but most of all I made a commitment to do what I knew was right and lasting and not symbolic and not to act without looking at everything because due process is essential.
I still believe in my soul that Breonna Taylor should be alive. In law enforcement and in life we all trust the person we are going to help and when it starts badly it never gets better. The lack of communication at the start of the case made matters worse and her family and this town suffered because she was being treated as if she would disappear on her own.
I fired people who some thought should have been suspended, berated people some of whom should have been exonerated, and canceled what was not appropriate for the situation.
I don’t mind being interviewed about the territory. Know that there are things that I know you may not be fully aware of.
At the end of the day, the only thing I can say is that my most important job is to be a mother. It was hard to come to terms with the fact that nothing was ever going to be good enough because the pain was too deep when someone full of life died.
The role of a professional standards investigation is not to decide what criminality has been assigned to the FBI and the attorney general. My job was to look at the politics and the actions against the actions and what people did that night and to hold people accountable for their actions.
There was no complete consensus on what to support and what punishments were appropriate, so I listened to the recommendations, decided not to throw the can out on the road, and did the call because I didn’t know who was coming behind me. I did what I knew was right, appropriate, and healthy.
I operated with integrity and my decisions will make more sense once the FBI is over and the hearings are over.
The truth before reconciliation “
WHAS11 continues to review newly released investigation files and will update this story with more information.
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