Louisville, KY – The extended family of Louisville Metropolitan Police Department (LMPD) Detective Myles Cosgrove is crowdfunding to help him buy out the remainder of his service time so he can retire and move his immediate family to safety.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced on Sept. 23 that a special prosecutor’s investigation had led to the determination that Det. Cosgrove and LMPD Sergeant Jonathan Mattingly were justified when they returned fire in Breonna Taylor’s apartment after her boyfriend opened fire on them during a raid on March 13.
Cameron said there were no criminal charges in the works for police in connection with Taylor’s death.
The attorney general said Taylor was killed by one of Det. Cosgrove or Sgt. Mattingly’s shots but did not identify which officer was fired it.
One of the officers who participated in the incident, former LMPD Detective Brett Hankison, was indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury on wanton endangerment charges after some of his shots entered another apartment occupied by three people, including a pregnant woman and child.
But the attorney general explained to reporters twice that the state had determined the other officers’ actions were justified.
Even so, loved ones of Det. Cosgrove are worried for his safety and that of his family.
“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,” family members explained on the fundraiser set up for Det. Cosgrove on GiveSendGo. “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 explanation of the fundraiser said that local and national were using the case as “a tool for an agenda that has no regard for the lives that are being destroyed.”
“The result of that night was tragic for all involved, that is obvious,” the fundraiser explained. “Any situation that results in the loss of human life is and should be considered a monumental travesty. As time has passed, as outrage has been made known, and as protests only continue to grow, it is our ongoing stance that creating a conversation which is both safe and rational is the only way to find a solution. We must create an atmosphere of progress for everyone. However, amidst this conversation, safety has proven difficult to come by for Myles and his family and we are, at this point, emotionally concerned for all parties involved.”
“While it’s imperative to listen to each and every one of our city’s voices at this cultural moment, we would like to highlight an important note, a simple exercise in understanding: Most people simply don’t understand what it’s like to be a police officer in America today,” the post continued.
“Most people don’t know what it’s like, as a career, to put your life on the line on the daily basis to simply serve and protect your community. Most people don’t know what it’s like to have a weapon fired at you. Even fewer know what it’s like, after all of that, to have the entire world turn on you with pure vitriol for simply performing your job exactly as you were trained to do by your superiors,” the fundraising message read.
“We ask that you take a moment of empathy to place yourself in that position, think about what it would be like for yourself, and now consider what Myles and his family are going through,” it read.
“Both professionally and in his personal life, Myles has always had a desire to help people,” it explained. “No matter the color of your skin, your gender, or your socio-economic background, if you reached out to Myles, he would be there to support you. This can be attested to by many people. Before the police force, Myles served as a United States Marine and was honorably discharged after his service. He has selflessly served this country and his communities, again and again, for the past 23 years, only to find himself the target of a meticulous campaign of disinformation.”
The fundraisers accused the media of having “lied by omission on many occasions” causing misinformation to go viral on social media.
“Unfortunately, this has all resulted in a perpetual, nightmarish reality for Myles and his family,” the message read. “They have personally received countless threats. 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.”
“Every day, the threats seem more legitimate and scarier; his family has been doxed and harassed, while the threats remain unrelenting,” it continued. “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.”
People who wish to contribute to the fundraiser to help Det. Cosgrove can go here to donate.
The fundraiser has a set goal of $75,000 and had reached more than $20,000 at publication time.