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US policeman who fatally shot Breonna Taylor crowdfunding retirement money

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Detective Myles Cosgrove is seeking funds on the a “Christian crowdfunding site” so he can “purchase the remainder of his service time” and retire.

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

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

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

Now, Mr Cosgrove is seeking funds on the a "Christian crowdfunding site" 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 Ms 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 Mr Cosgrove's family but declined to comment further.

The detective is currently seeking US$75,000 ($104,000) and, as of Wednesday morning, has raised over US$9000 ($12,500).

Mr 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 Ms Taylor's boyfriend fired at officers first.

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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.

Mr Hankison has pleaded not guilty.

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

The Christian crowdfunding site being used by Mr Cosgroves' family currently hosts fundraisers for two other accused gunmen: Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old charged with first-degree murder for allegedly shooting and killing two people in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during protests against the police shooting of Jacob Blake; and Rusten Sheskey, the Kenosha officer who shot Jacob Blake.

The campaigns have raised over US$500,000 ($694,000) and US$30,000 ($41,600) respectively.

- Reported with CNN.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/world/breonna-taylor-fatal-shooting-us-policeman-myles-cosgrove-raising-money-for-retirement-crime-news/34ad0080-4fa8-478d-81fd-f9756c1690fd

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