The question was whether Jamarcus Glover – the target of a narcotics investigation by the Louisville Metro Police Department – had received packages at Taylor’s Louisville address.
Several police officers implicated in the case told investigators that prior to the raid they did not believe Glover would receive packages at Taylor’s address. But in the search warrant used to enter Taylor’s house, police said they had “checked” that Glover had “received packages” there, according to the warrant.
The affidavit also claims that the police “checked through a US postal inspector that Jamarcus Glover had received packages” at Taylor’s address and that “it is not uncommon for drug traffickers to receive packages of mail in various locations for a discovery to evade law enforcement agencies “.
In a transcript released by the City of Louisville, Sgt. Timothy Salyer, chief of the Shively, Kentucky Police Department’s Special Investigations Department, told investigators in May that he and another officer, Shively Det. Mike Kuzma, were killed by Louisville Sgt contacted. Jon Mattingly on January 17th. Salyer said Mattingly asked if they could check with the U.S. Postal Inspection Service to see if packages for Glover had been sent to Taylor’s address.
Salyer told investigators that the LMPD officers were in the habit of handling postal inspector requests through another agency due to “bad blood” having occurred in a previous incident between the LMPD and the postal inspectors. “They no longer want to do business with units on the Louisville Metro,” Salyer said of the inspectors.
CNN has asked the U.S. Postal Inspection Service for comment but has received no response.
The identifying details of the previous incident were written out from the released transcript.
Salyer and Kuzma, who were interviewed separately by investigators in Louisville, said they contacted the postal inspector to see if Glover had received packages at Taylor’s address. The contact said no, as both Salyer and Kuzma told investigators.
“I told Jon Mattingly, ‘Hey, no packages,'” Kuzma told investigators, “and that was pretty much the end.”
However, a few weeks later, Kuzma said another Louisville detective had reached out to him and asked him to keep the same address from the postal inspectors. Kuzma said he told her he had already asked and no packages had been sent to Glover.
“A short time later,” Kuzma told investigators, “(Detective) Mike Nobles asked the same question.”
Kuzma said he also told Nobles that there were no packages.
Kuzma told investigators that he did not know whether other packages, for example from Amazon, would be delivered. In the transcript, Kuzma does not state whether he also said that to Nobles.
Kuzma told investigators that he did not know whether the inspectors thought there were no packages at all or “if they were given Amazon boxes”. In the transcript, Kuzma does not state whether he expressed this to one of the LMPD officials.
“They told me no,” said Kuzma of the postal inspectors, “and I (to LMPD) passed that on, it was no.”
Taylor, a 26-year-old lifeguard and aspiring nurse, was fatally shot and killed in her Louisville home on March 13 as officers executed an arrest warrant related to her investigation into Glover.
Salyer told investigators that Louisville detective Joshua Jaynes, who wrote the warrant for the robbery, texted him almost a month after the April 10th raid to re-ask about packages being sent to the Glovers address Names were sent.
“Just like Jon Mattingly, but in April, a month after the shooting,” Salyer told investigators.
Salyer told investigators, he replied, “I think we’ve hit this guy before,” to which Jaynes replied, “Interesting. It showed him he was getting mail from that address.”
“It seemed strange,” Salyer said of Jaynes’ lines. “I kind of thought this was a month after the shooting and you were asking me if a box was delivered there in his name. He wrote a search warrant on it saying it was delivered there, but now it’s you Ask a month later. “
“I don’t know how to say it without saying that it looks like you are trying to cover your ass, it seems to me,” Salyer told investigators, referring to Jaynes’ April investigation .
But in his own interview with investigators the next day, Jaynes said he understood the information from Mattingly’s sources to mean that Glover did not receive suspicious packages at this address, but normal mail.
Jaynes told investigators that Mattingly had informed him prior to the robbery that the address had not received any suspicious packages, but ordinary packages. He said Mattingly told him, “You guy only gets – only gets Amazon or sends packages there.”
In his own interview with investigators, conducted in March, just 12 days after Taylor’s shooting, Mattingly said he couldn’t remember the name of the target on the search warrant.
“We didn’t write it,” he said of the search warrant. “We didn’t do any of the investigations. We didn’t do any of the background information.”
Kent Wicker, a Mattingly attorney, declined to comment on Thursday. Neither Jaynes nor his lawyer immediately responded to a request for comment.
None of the officers involved in either department is accused of wrongdoing.
Jaynes told investigators in May that the postal inspector’s information was only used to confirm what he believed he already knew – he said he saw Glover at Taylor’s address in January and received a package.
“I didn’t need that line there to get my (probable cause),” Jaynes said.