Detective Myles Cosgrove is one of three police officers responsible for Taylor's death as the Kentucky Attorney General, but he is yet to be indicted for his actions.
One of the three Louisville Metro Police Department cops who fatally shot Breonna Taylor, one of the most recent victims of police brutality, has taken to crowdfunding in order to raise money for his retirement. Detective Myles Cosgrove broke into Taylor's home in March this year with a now-illegal "no-knock" search warrant and shot the 26-year-old Black woman as she slept, leading to her death. In the wake of Black Lives Matter protests defending her right to justice, the officer (who was not indicted for the victim's murder) has also received immense support. He is now using that backing to fund his retirement, CNN reports.
The police officer who shot and killed Breonna Taylor has raised over $11,000 for his retirement.— AJ+ (@ajplus) September 30, 2020
Myles Cosgrove’s family started a fundraiser on a “Christian crowdfunding site” so he can retire and “focus on the safety of his family.” He is currently on administrative leave. pic.twitter.com/TU0XuQq2KK
Jarrod Beck, the detective's family attorney, confirmed that the fundraiser was set up by his family but provided no additional details. The Cosgrove family has chosen to launch his fundraiser on GiveSendGo, a crowdfunding platform that at present hosts fundraisers for two other known gunmen: 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, better known as the Kenosha, Wisconsin, shooter, and Rusten Sheskey, the Kenosha officer who shot Jacob Blake, another Black victim of police violence. The fundraiser, named "Safety and security of Detective Myles Cosgrove," argues in its description that the media has "lied by omission on many occasions" and completely dismantled Cosgrove's good reputation. "The psychological trauma is something that he will have to cope with for the rest of his life..." It reads. "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." The Louisville policeman has already raised $44,498 of his $75,000 goal.
Myles Cosgrove fired the shot that killed Breonna Taylor, and now he’s trying to fundraise $75K to “retire”? Why should he get that luxury after taking it away from Bre? It was only “tragic for all involved" due to the actions taken by all 4 officers! https://t.co/tRYe5v3SWB— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) September 30, 2020
To many, it would appear ironic that the detective is the one who feels unsafe when his actions literally lead to the death of an innocent Black woman. The fundraiser alleges that he and his family have "personally received countless threats." It states, "Every day, the threats seem more legitimate and scarier; his family has been doxed and harassed, while the threats remain unrelenting." While there is no evidence to prove this, Cosgrove, along with the two other police officers who carried out the search warrant, have been the center of numerous Black Lives Matter protests calling on their arrest. Though Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron explicitly asserted Cosgrove fired the fatal shot, he and his colleague Officer Jonathan Mattingly were not indicted.
It’s Saturday and we ain’t forgot. Arrest Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison, and Myles Cosgrove. AND find them guilty. AND give them the maximum and most harsh sentences possible. pic.twitter.com/wFdLaRBJEo— Yassir Lester (@Yassir_Lester) September 12, 2020
GiveSendGo is yet to comment on why it has now permitted three different known killers to host fundraisers on its platform. Nonetheless, in a press release following harsh criticism for hosting Rittenhouse's legal fund, Heather Wilson, the co-founder of the crowdfunding website, said they allow campaigns "even if they don't agree with them" so long as the methods of funding are legal. Currently, all that can be said is that it is truly tragic that Taylor's killer will benefit from the media circus that ensued after her death. The victim, a former emergency room technician, is yet to receive justice.