Secret Grand Jury Files In Breonna Taylor Case To Be Public
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron addresses the media following the return of a grand jury investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor, in Frankfort, Ky., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. Of the three Louisville Metro police officers being investigated, one was indicted. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
The workings of a Kentucky grand jury that brought no charges against police in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor are set to be opened, upending a long tradition of keeping those proceedings secret.
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LOUISVILLE, Ky.: The release of secret grand jury proceedings in Breonna Taylors killing by police will be delayed until Friday, according to the Kentucky attorney general’s office.
Daniel Cameron’s office filed a motion Wednesday asking a court in Louisville for a weeks delay to allow the names of witnesses and their personal information, including addresses and phone numbers, to be redacted.
Cameron’s office says a judge granted a shorter delay, saying the material should be made public Friday. The audio recordings were originally supposed to be released Wednesday.
Camerons office sought the delay in the interest of protection of witnesses, and in particular private citizens named in the recordings, according to the filing. The recordings are 20 hours long.
Taylor was shot and killed in her Louisville home by police who were executing a narcotics warrant in March. The grand jury decided this month not to charge any of the police officers involved with her death; instead, one officer was charged with shooting into a neighboring home.
That decision angered many, and protesters took to the streets in Louisville and around the country to demand accountability for her killing, as frustrations spilled over after months of waiting for Camerons announcement. Activists and Taylors family called for the grand jury file to be released.
One of two Louisville police officers shot during protests last week called for law enforcement, protesters and other city residents to work together to move forward.
Maj. Aubrey Gregory, who was shot in the hip, returned to light duty earlier this week. He said fellow officer Robinson Desroches, who was shot in the abdomen, is still in a lot of pain and faces a longer recovery. Gregory said he doesnt blame all protesters for the actions of the gunman.
If we cant come together to find solutions, then were not going anywhere, Gregory said. Violence has never been the answer and never will be.”
Authorities arrested 26-year-old Larynzo Johnson in the officer shootings, charging him with two counts of first-degree assault on a police officer and 14 counts of wanton endangerment. Johnson has pleaded not guilty.
Facing questions about the grand jury this week, Cameron acknowledged that he did not recommend homicide charges for the offices involved. Instead, he only recommended one of the officers be indicted, for the wanton endangerment of Taylor’s neighbors.
Cameron, a Republican protg of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the states first African American attorney general, said the other two officers who fired their guns were justified because Taylors boyfriend had fired at them first.
Cameron said the record will show that his team presented a thorough and complete case to the grand jury.
Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical worker, was shot five times in her Louisville apartment on March 13 by officers carrying a narcotics warrant. Taylor and her boyfriend were watching a movie in her bedroom when police came to her door and eventually knocked it down. The warrant was related to an investigation of a drug suspect who didnt live with her, and police found no drugs at her apartment.
Former officer Brett Hankison, who was fired from the force for his actions during the raid, pleaded not guilty to three counts of wanton endangerment on Monday.
Officers Jonathan Mattingly, who was shot in the leg by Taylors boyfriend, and Myles Cosgrove, who Cameron said appeared to have fired the fatal shot at Taylor, according to ballistics tests, remain on the force.
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