Updated: Jun 22
CARROLTON, KY - Sources reported to us yesterday that Myles Cosgrove, formerly of the LMPD who killed Breonna Taylor, was recently hired by Carroll County Sheriff Ryan Gosser.
Myles Cosgrove was one of the officers involved in the botched "no-knock" warrant executed by Louisville Metro Police Department in March 2020 which led to the murder of Breonna Taylor. It's been reported that Cosgrove was the officer who discharged the round ending her life. Cosgrove was fired from LMPD in January of 2021 for violating use-of-force procedures and failing to use a body camera during the raid. He fired his gun 16 times. He filed a lawsuit in an attempt to reclaim his job, but inevitable lost the case. However in the Kentucky Law Enforcement Board decided to let him keep is "Peace Officer Certification," allowing him to apply in other departments across the state.
Federal charges have been filed against four of the officers involved in the raid at Taylor's home. Three accused of falisfying search warrants and a fourth who fired bullets into Taylor's neighbors' home. Despite his termination, Cosgrove has never faxed any charges related to the killing of Breonna Taylor. Attorney General Cameron said his investigation also found that Cosgrove was justified in returning gunfire after he and the other officers were fired upon by Walker. Walker was later found by the courts to have fired in self defense as LMPD failed to announced the presence.
U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland said the federal grand jury also didn't indict Cosgrove because "the officers who ultimately carried out the search at Taylor's apartment were not involved in the drafting of the warrant and were unaware of the false and misleading statements that it contained." This was decided during a Department of Justice investigation where it was found that LMPD had patterns and practices of violating the civil rights of citizens.
We reached out to Carroll County Sheriff Ryan Gosser for comment but never received a reaponse. The Courier Journal however quoted Carroll County's Chief Deputy Miller and pointed to Garland's assertion in reference to Cosgrove's hiring.
The Sheriff's Office did a background check on Cosgrove, which he passed, Miller said. He said the federal and state investigation did not lead to charges against Cosgrove and he has nearly two decades of police experience.
"We think he will help reduce the flow of drugs in our area and reduce property crimes," Miller said. "We felt like he was a good candidate to help us in our county."
Cosgrove's personnel file from LMPD includes commendations for his handling of a dangerous situation with someone in crisis and his involvement in training division graduation ceremonies.
Poor court attendance and violations of "courtesy" policies were also noted in his file where former police Chief Robert White wrote in a letter dated 2009 that Cosgrove "failed to exercise patience and diplomacy when dealing with a member of the public," garnering him a letter of reprimand.
According to court records Cosgrove was also previously sued for excessive force by a man he shot at a Speedway in 2009. A Cour records also indicate that a federal judge sided with Cosgrove.
A number of Carroll County residence are appalled by this decision by the Sheriff. Sources have reported that council members and city magistrates of Carrollton were unaware of the hiring and are oppose A protest is planned Monday April, 24th opposing his hiring to this position.
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