Louisville cop believed to have fired shot that killed Breonna Taylor is RAISING money off the fact that he cleared by a grand jury
Officer Myles Cosgrove’s family set up an online fundraiser to help him retire from the Louisville Metro Police Department
‘It has recently become clear that it will be impossible for Myles to safely return to his position,’ the fundraiser post states
Cosgrove was one of three officers who fired shots into Breonna Taylor’s home while executing a ‘no knock’ narcotics warrant on March 13
The 26-year-old EMT was struck six times and an FBI ballistics test determined that the fatal shot was fired from Cosgrove’s gun
Louisville grand jury cleared Myles Cosgrove along with John Mattingly, two of the three officers involved in the Taylor raid last week
Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron, who initially defended the ‘justified police shooting’ was forced to admit he didn’t recommend charges of any sort be brought against the pair of Cosgrove and Mattingly
Cameron also admitted that FBI ballistics had revealed that Cosgrove fired the shot that killed Taylor
The concession was prompted by a court challenge by a juror who accused him of misrepresenting their deliberations
The fundraiser claims Cosgrove and his family have received ‘countless threats’ since he and the other officers were cleared of charges in Taylor’s killing
The campaign has raised nearly $13,000 toward its $75,000 goal Wednesday
The family of a Louisville police officer who is believed to have fired the shot that killed Breonna Taylor is trying to raise $75,000 to help him retire because he no longer feels safe on the force.
Last week a Louisville grand jury cleared Myles Cosgrove along with John Mattingly, two of the three officers involved in the Taylor raid without considering that charges of any sort be brought against the pair in the death of the 26-year-old black emergency room technician.
Only Brett Hankison, the third officer present at the Taylor raid was indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment for firing bullets into a neighbor’s home
On Monday the report emerged of an online fundraiser set up this week on GiveSendGo by his family seeking donations to help support Myles Cosgrove after he gives up his job because of the ‘countless threats’ he’s received amid immense public outrage over his involvement in Taylor’s killing.
‘The family of Detective Myles Cosgrove, an officer involved in the tragic Breonna Taylor case, is starting this fund in order to help secure the safety of Myles and his immediate family going forward,’ a crowd funding post reads.
‘It has recently become clear that it will be impossible for Myles to safely return to his position serving the community with the Louisville Metro Police Department.
‘We hope to raise enough funds to help him purchase the remainder of his service time, or “air-time”, so that he can retire from the LMPD and continue to focus on the safety of his family, a family that has been put continually at-risk over the past few months,’ the post states.
Cosgrove was one of three Louisville officers who fired shots while executing a ‘no knock’ narcotics warrant on March 13, striking the 26-year-old EMT six times.
Delivering the grand jury findings last week Kentucky attorney General, Daniel Cameron announced that the grand jury cleared Cosgrove and officers John Mattingly and Brett Hankison of charges in Taylor’s death, ruling that they were justified in their use of force because the victim’s boyfriend [Kenneth Walker], opened fire on them first without knowing they were police.
Hankison was the only officer to be charged over the incident as he was handed three counts of wanton endangerment for firing shots into a neighbor’s home.
AG Cameron discussed the findings of the grand jury investigation at a press conference last week, revealing that an FBI analysis confirmed that the fatal shot which struck Taylor near her heart had been fired by Cosgrove.
Cameron noted that a ballistics test performed prior to the FBI analysis failed to come to a conclusion about who fired the fatal shot.
The grand jury decision sparked renewed fury among critics who have demanded justice in Taylor’s killing – one of several this year that have highlighted police brutality against black Americans and sparked protests worldwide.
But Cosgrove’s family is now trying to paint him as a victim, saying that they have received ‘countless threats’ in the past several months.
‘Myles’ reputation has been completely dismantled and the psychological trauma is something that he will have to cope with for the rest of his life,’ the fundraiser states.
‘Every day, the threats seem more legitimate and scarier; his family has been doxed and harassed, while the threats remain unrelenting.
‘Although Myles may never feel completely safe again, if you can help us reach our goal, we can at least get him on a path to security and allow him to focus on his main objective: the safety of his family.’
Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron, described as a rising GOP star, delivers findings in the Breonna Taylor case, after which one juror accused AG Cameron of misrepresenting their deliberations by claiming they were satisfied neither of the officers should be charged
The campaign, which has raised more than $712,908 toward its $75,000 goal as of Tuesday afternoon, came to light on Monday as new questions arose over Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s handling of the case.
In contradiction to the AG’s assertion, one of the grand jurors involved in last week’s long-awaited decision revealed they were not given the option to indict two of the three cops involved in Taylor’s killing
Cameron is misrepresenting their deliberations by claiming they were satisfied neither of the officers should be charged, the juror said.
The juror made the claims in a court motion calling for Cameron to release all the evidence reviewed by the panel, which the attorney general later agreed to do.
In a clear retraction ,Cameron on Monday night acknowledged that he never asked the grand jury to consider homicide charges against the officers. His sole recommendation was that the panel consider a charge of wanton endangerment for for Brett Hankison – The same charge the LMPD used as the basis to dismiss Hankison, weeks earlier.
Cameron had previously declined to provide details on what charges prosecutors brought to the grand jury to consider when it met last week, insisting that the grand jury is meant to be a ‘secretive body’, while noting that ‘it’s apparent that the public interest in this case isn’t going to allow that to happen.’
Cameron added that a recording of the grand jury proceedings would be released Wednesday and assured that it would put speculation of misconduct to bed.
‘Once the public listens to the recording, they will see that over the course of two-and-a-half days, our team presented a thorough and complete case to the grand jury,’ Cameron said.
The attorney general also said he wouldn’t object if members of the panel want to speak publicly about their grand jury experience.