Officer Who Killed Breonna Taylor Hired in Law Enforcement an Hour Away from Fatal Shooting

by Xara Aziz
Left: Breonna Taylor family attorney Right: Louisville Metro Police Department

The disgraced Louisville police officer who gunned down Breonna Taylor while in her home in March 2020 has just been hired to work in law enforcement in a nearby county where the shooting took place, reports say.

On Saturday, the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Myles Cosgrove had gotten a new job two years after he was fired from the Louisville Metro Police Department for violating use-of-force procedures and failing to use a body camera while he raided Taylor’s apartment, according to WHAS. Cosgrove remained an officer with the department until he was officially fired in January 2021.

Taylor was shot and killed by police who were executing a narcotics search warrant. None of the three officers who sprayed bullets inside Taylor’s home were charged in her death. Taylor, a Black woman, was killed on the scene. The three White officers involved in the botched raid never faced criminal punishment, although the Justice Department charged “four current and former police officers with federal civil rights violations, including lying to obtain a search warrant for her apartment,” according to a report in The New York Times.

In response to Cosgrove’s hiring, a protest in Carroll County has been planned. Investigators say at the time of the raid, Cosgrove shot 16 rounds into the apartment after the front door was forcibly opened. Taylor’s boyfriend fired back at the officers, resulting in a gunfire exchange that resulted in Taylor’s death.

Last November, the Kentucky Law Enforcement Council decided not to rescind Cosgrove’s state peace officer certification, meaning that he was eligible to apply for law enforcement jobs in the state.

In 2020, the city of Louisville paid $12 million to settle a wrongful-death lawsuit brought by Taylor’s family “and to institute reforms aimed at preventing deaths by officers. In December 2022, a lawyer for Ms. Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, said that the city of Louisville had agreed to pay $2 million to settle lawsuits brought by Mr. Walker,” The New York Times reported at the time.

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