LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Former Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) detective Miles Cosgrove is fighting to get his job back. 

Cosgrove is appearing before the Louisville Metro Police Merit Board. The hearings will take place Nov. 9-10 and Dec. 13-15. 

What You Need To Know

  • Miles Cosgrove was fired in Jan. after firing 16 shots into Breonna Taylor's home

  • Cosgrove's attorney argues his client did not violate LMPD policy

  • Cosgrove's hearings will run through Wednesday and again in December

  • No one has been criminally charged in Taylor's death

Cosgrove was fired in Jan. for failing to "properly identify a target" when he shot 16 times into Breonna Taylor's home during a no-knock raid. After a thorough FBI investigation, officials concluded that he fired the shot that killed 26-year-old Taylor, striking her pulmonary artery.

Brendan Daughtery, LMPD's attorney said, "Cosgrove didn't and couldn't articulate his perception of a specific threat that justified firing one shot into Breonna Taylor's apartment … much less sixteen."

Attorney Scott Miller who is representing Cosgrove said, "Officer Cosgrove did not violate LPD policy. Rather, he acted in accordance with policy during a high-stress, rapidly evolving situation."

Cosgrove was fired by acting LMPD Chief Yvette Gentry on the same day as Joshua Jaynes, the former detective accused of lying on the search warrant used to justify the raid on Taylor's apartment.

Jaynes appealed to the Police Merit Board to get his job back in June but was denied reinstatement. He sued in Sept. in an attempt to overturn that ruling.

The only officer charged in connection with Taylor's death is Brett Hankison. Hankison faces three counts of wanton endangerment stemming from the shots investigators said he fired blindly into a neighboring apartment during the raid on Taylor's home in 2020. 

No one has been criminally charged with Taylor's death. 


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