Kentucky cop who fatally shot Breonna Taylor in botched raid crowdfunding money so he can retire
The Louisville police officer who had fatally shot Breonna Taylor is reportedly raising money to fund his retirement. One of the three police officers who had fired shots into Breonna's apartment last March, detective Myles Cosgrove, is said to be looking for funds on the 'Christian crowdfunding site' GiveSendGo. Cosgrove is believed to be doing so to "purchase the remainder of his service time" and retire, CNN reports.
Cosgrove wants to be focusing on his family's safety who have been threatened ever since the protests erupted over the killing of Taylor, the fundraiser's description reads. "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 description states.
An attorney for Cosgrove had confirmed that the fundraiser page had been set up by family members of Cosgrove. It is said that he is hoping to raise around $75,000. The news of Cosgrove looking to raise money had initially been reported by The Louisville Courier Journal.
Cosgrove along with another officer Jonathan Mattingly had been two out of the three officers who were present on March 13 when Breonna was fatally shot. She was killed during a botched police raid while she was inside her Louisville apartment.
At the time of the incident, Breonna and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, had reportedly been sleeping and were awakened when the officers burst into the home. She died when three police officers opened fire at her boyfriend. The police had broken down her door using a battering ram in the middle of the night as part of an investigation into her ex-boyfriend Jamarcus Glover.
A third officer, Brett Hankison, has been indicted on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree for blindly opening fire into an adjoining apartment. Hankison has pleaded not guilty to his charges. A grand jury had reached the decision to indict only one out of the three officers involved in Breonna's death and that too on Class D felony charges which is the lowest of four classes of felonies. The decision left Louisville outraged as people took to the streets to protest the same.
We had earlier reported that the police investigating Breonna Taylor's former boyfriend as a part of a drug probe had been repeatedly told that she was not receiving any suspicious packages for him at home but they still insisted on listing it in their search warrant and went on to raid her home.
The cops said that Glover had been picking up packages from the property earlier in the year and then driving down to a known "drug house". A new report, which was recently released, revealed that the officers had asked the postal service whether or not any suspicious packages were sent to Taylor's home and were told that there were none. According to the cops, Breonna's home which is located in Louisville, Kentucky, had been crucial to the investigation and so it warranted the raid, Daily Mail reports.