Myles Cosgrove to fellow officers: ‘Your leaders aren’t afraid to perform hatchet jobs on you either’

Myles Cosgrove to fellow officers: ‘Your leaders aren’t afraid to perform hatchet jobs on you either’
Myles Cosgrove (Source: LMPD)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) – A Louisville Metro Police Department officer who was terminated for his role in a raid that led to the shooting death of Breonna Taylor wrote an email to his fellow officers cautioning them about the department and the city’s leadership.

Myles Cosgrove, one of three LMPD officers who fired shots while performing the search warrant on March 13, wrote in the letter obtained by WAVE 3 News, “It seems our higher ranking officials will support us in our efforts to protect ourselves and others, just as long as there isn’t a group of protestors or political pressures demanding otherwise. And then with the slightest bit of political and social pressure, they take away your job, your honor, and your security without question. And is it any coincidence that the very chief who made the decision to terminate my employment is now immediately stepping aside? Your leaders aren’t afraid to perform hatchet jobs on you either.”

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The letter was sent in an email on Jan. 5. In it, he continued and wrote about the pressures of the job, “We are willing to do what others aren’t so that order can be maintained. And yet, we’re considered the enemies. You are considered an enemy.”

He then referenced LMPD interim chief Yvette Gentry and Louisville mayor Greg Fischer, “Whether it’s a new chief called in to perform a hatchet job on you, or your mayor willing to throw you under the bus and fold under pressure, or a crowd demanding justice when they don’t have the slightest clue as to what true justice really is — you’re the enemy. You will be demonized, while criminals will be canonized. You will make the smaller paycheck, while others settle with the city and profit millions.”

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Cosgrove also wrote about what his family has been through since the shooting, stating they have “faced an unrelenting string of death threats,” had to move multiple times and change schools. He said his reputation has been completely dismantled and now he is faced with finding employment.

Cosgrove, Sgt. Jon Mattingly and former LMPD Det. Brett Hankison were the three officers who fired shots and were the subjects of an investigation by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron. Cosgrove and Mattingly were not charged by a grand jury following that investigation.

Hankison was fired from LMPD for “blindly” firing 10 shots into Taylor’s neighbors’ apartments, according to his termination letter. He was the only one charged in relation to the raid when Cameron announced in September that he faces three counts of wanton endangerment. Hankison has pleaded not guilty.

In December 2020 it was announced Cosgrove and LMPD Joshua Jaynes faced termination from LMPD by Gentry for their actions that night.

Gentry was named interim chief on Sept. 7, 2020, following interim chief following Robert Schroeder after chief Steve Conrad left the department in May of 2020.

Fischer announced Wednesday morning that former Atlanta police chief Erika Shields was hired as the new LMPD chief.

FOP members have said Cosgrove and Jaynes have the right to appeal any discipline that may be issued.

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