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US Louisville police officer who fatally shot Breonna Taylor is crowdfunding money to retire

14:20  01 october  2020
14:20  01 october  2020 Source:   cnn.com

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Louisville Det. Myles Cosgrove is asking for funds to "purchase the remainder of his service time" and retire . Cosgrove was not fired after Breonna Taylor 's killing, nor was he charged in her death.

Breonna Taylor , a 26-year-old black woman, was fatally shot in her Louisville , Kentucky apartment on March 13, 2020, when a search warrant was executed by white officers Jonathan Mattingly

The Louisville police officer who fatally shot Breonna Taylor is currently raising money to fund his retirement.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Louisville Det. Myles Cosgrove is raising funds for his retirement on an online crowdfunding site. © LMPD Louisville Det. Myles Cosgrove is raising funds for his retirement on an online crowdfunding site.

Detective Myles Cosgrove was one of three Louisville officers who fired shots into Taylor's apartment last March after breaking in to serve a search warrant related to Taylor's ex-boyfriend.

Taylor, an emergency room technician, died from multiple gunshot wounds sustained in the botched raid.

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Now, Cosgrove is seeking funds on the "Christian crowdfunding site" GiveSendGo so he can "purchase the remainder of his service time" and retire, according to the fundraiser's description. He wants to focus on his family's safety, which, per the description, has been threatened since protests erupted after Taylor's killing.

"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 description reads.

Jarrod Beck, an attorney for Cosgrove, confirmed to CNN that the page was set up by members of Cosgrove's family but declined to comment further. CNN also reached out to GiveSendGo to comment on the campaign and is waiting to hear back.

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The Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) will fire one of the officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor during a botched nighttime no-knock raid Before that could happen, he was unceremoniously fired after police fatally shot another Louisville resident during the protests.

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The detective is currently seeking $75,000 and, as of Wednesday morning, has raised over $9,000.

The Louisville Courier Journal was the first to report about the fundraiser.

Cosgrove and Officer Jonathan Mattingly were two of the three officers present the night of March 13 when Taylor was killed.

Neither were indicted for their actions that night, though Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Cosgrove fired the fatal shot -- which he said was justified because Taylor's boyfriend fired at officers first.

A third officer, Brett Hankison, has been indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree for firing blindly into an adjoining apartment that was occupied.

Hankison has pleaded not guilty.

Cameron told CNN affiliate WDRB that he didn't seek murder charges against Cosgrove or Mattingly.

The grand jury's decision to indict only one of the officers involved in her death, and on Class D felony charges, the lowest of four classes of felonies, outraged Louisville protesters. Last week, two Louisville officers were shot at a protest and dozens of demonstrators, including Kentucky's only Black woman legislator, were arrested.

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