Detective Myles Cosgrove, the Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) detective who fatally shot Breonna Taylor, has set up a fundraiser to help him retire from the force.
The monies are being sought to help “protect” Cosgrove’s “safety” as well as those of his “immediate family going forward,” according to the campaign, which was begun on GiveSendGo. At the time Face2Face Africa publicized the news, the campaign had raised over $18,000 of the $75,000 goal.
The fundraiser narrative stated, “It has just become evident that Myles will be unable to safely return to his employment serving the community with the Louisville Metro Police Department.” “We aim to raise enough money to help him purchase the balance of his service time, or “air-time,” so that he can retire from the LMPD and focus on the safety of his family, which has been put in jeopardy for the past few months.”
Taylor, 26, was slain in her house on March 13 while sleeping with her partner after the LMPD botched a narcotics raid. Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend, fired a shot at authorities conducting a “no-knock” warrant.
During a press conference on September 23 to announce whether or not charges will be filed against the cops, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron claimed Walker’s gunfire injured one of the officers, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly. Officers Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove, along with Mattingly, returned fire, hitting Taylor several times.
Cameron’s assertion that the ballistics reports from the Kentucky State Police “explicitly does not indicate that Mattingly was struck by the single bullet” from Walker’s client “not only misrepresents the ballistics test but is patently wrong,” according to Walker’s attorney.
“The Breonna Taylor case has been fashioned into a vehicle for an agenda that has no concern for the lives that are being ruined in the media, both nationally and locally,” Cosgrove’s fundraiser stated.
“Any scenario that leads in the death of a human being is and should be seen as a monumental travesty. As time has gone, as fury has been expressed, and as protests have grown, we remain convinced that the only way to find a solution is to start a safe and sensible conversation.”
“We must create an atmosphere of progress for everyone,” it continued. However, safety has been difficult to come by for Myles and his family during this talk, and we are now deeply concerned for all parties involved.”
In the announcement on September 23, a grand jury decided not indict Cosgrove, Hankison, or Mattingly for Taylor’s killing, provoking nationwide protests and indignation from Taylor’s family, activists, and sympathizers.
Only Hankison, who was fired after the event, was charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for firing into Taylor’s neighbors’ apartments.
The fundraiser’s organizers claim that threats against Cosgrove and his family have continued unabated in the aftermath of the incident, claiming that they have been “doxed and harassed.”
The organizers went on to say:
While it is critical to listen to all of our city’s perspectives at this cultural crossroads, we would like to draw attention to one crucial point, a simple exercise in comprehension: Most folks have no idea what it’s like to be a police officer in today’s America. Most people have no idea what it’s like to put your life on the line every day in order to serve and protect your community. The majority of people have never experienced having a weapon shot at them. After all of that, few people understand what it’s like to have the entire world turn on you with utter hate for merely doing your job as your superiors instructed.
We ask that you put yourself in Myles’ shoes for a moment, imagine what it would be like for you, and then consider what Myles and his family are going through.
According to CNN, GiveSendGo, a “Christian Crowdfunding” portal, also hosts fundraising for Kyle Rittenhouse, a juvenile charged with first-degree murder for fatally shooting two people during protests in Kenosha, and Rusten Sheskey, the police officer who shot Jacob Blake many times.
Over $500,000 has been raised for the former, and over $30,000 has been donated to the latter. After being chastised for hosting a Rittenhouse fundraiser, the crowdfunding site issued a statement noting that “anyone can use their platform, as long as the financing is lawful, even if the owners disagree with the campaign’s purpose.”
Cosgrove has yet to file his retirement paperwork, according to the LMPD.