The Louisville police officer who fired the fatal shot at Breonna Taylor is currently in hiding with his family and asking for donations because he claims it’s no longer possible for him to do his job “safely,” according to a GiveSendGo page set up by his family.
“The family of Detective Myles Cosgrove, an officer involved in the tragic Breonna Taylor case, is starting this fund in order to help secure the safety of Myles and his immediate family going forward,” Cosgrove’s family wrote on the fundraising page that’s seeking $75,000.
“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. 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.”
As of Thursday morning, nearly $20,000 had been raised for the embattled cop, who’s on administrative leave with pay as he awaits an internal police investigation and an FBI probe, the Courier Journal reported.
Cosgrove’s wife wrote a post online last week saying her and her family have been in hiding for nearly four months.
“It has been 114 days since we received a phone call at 11 at night, asking us to pack up our belongings as quickly as possible and leave our home due to corroborated credible threats received and vetted by the FBI that there were active hits on our family. We have been in hiding ever since,” the wife’s post reads, according to the Courier Journal.
“Try explaining that to your young child without traumatizing him. Since all of this happened, he has experienced night terrors and so much anxiety that he becomes physically sick. Our adult children have been traumatized and displaced as well. The guilt of moving your in-laws, who are in their 70s, out of their house for their safety is overwhelming. Our lives will never be the same, and all because my husband was shot first while doing his job.”
On the night Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was killed by police in March, her boyfriend Kenneth Walker opened fire on Cosgrove, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and former Detective Brett Hankison after the officers allegedly identified themselves as cops. Walker has disputed that they announced they were police.
Taylor, who’d been asleep in her bed, was shot by the officers in her hallway as they returned fire on Walker, who was not killed.
Following months of protests and an ubiquitous social media campaign demanding justice for Taylor, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced last week the officers involved wouldn’t be charged because they’d acted in self defense.
Hankison is the only officer facing charges from the event but they’re not related to Taylor. The fired officer is facing wanton endangerment charges because shots he fired ended up hitting an occupied apartment next to Taylor’s residence.
Cameron’s decision touched off a fresh wave of angry protests in Louisville from activists who believe he didn’t do enough to hold the officers accountable in Taylor’s death.
Cosgrove’s fundraising page acknowledged Taylor’s death “was tragic for all involved” but “safety has proven difficult” for Myles and his family, which is why they’re asking for the public’s assistance.
They called on people to “listen to each and every one of our city’s voices at this cultural moment [in a] safe and rational” way.
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