Civil rights attorney Benjamin Crump had a simple message for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) on Friday: Release the transcript of the grand jury proceedings in the case of Breonna Taylor.
Did [Cameron] present any evidence on Breonna Taylors behalf? Or did he make a unilateral decision to put his thumb on the scales of justice? Crump, whos representing Taylor’s family, said at a press conference in Louisville.
Members of Taylors family were present and spoke at the press conference as well.
If you want us to accept the results, then release the transcript so we can have transparency, Crump said addressing Cameron, Kentuckys first Black attorney general.
Taylor, a 26 year-old Black woman, was shot and killed in her own home by plainclothes Louisville police officers in March.
On Wednesday over six months after Taylors death Cameron announced that a grand jury had decided to indict only one of the three officers involved in her death.
The three counts of first degree wanton endangerment that were handed down to former Louisville police officer Brett Hankison were not directly related to Talyors death, outraging Crump, critics and advocates for social justice.
Hankison was fired from the police department in June when it was found that he “blindly” fired into Taylor’s apartment.
Cameron said that there was no conclusive evidence that any of the 10 shots that Hankison fired into Taylors apartment March 13 hit Taylor. Rather, some of the bullets traveled into an adjacent apartment that housed three individuals unrelated to the case.
Officers Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove collectively shot Taylor six times, with one of the shots fired by Cosgrove proving to be fatal.
However, Cameron said that under Kentucky law, Mattingly and Cosgroves use of deadly force was justified, since Taylors boyfriend Kenneth Walker fired at the officers first.
Walker has said that he believed the officer to be intruders and never heard them announce themselves.
No wanton murder charges for the bullets that mutilated Breonna Taylors body?! Crump exclaimed on Friday.
There seems to be two justice systems in America, one for Black America and one for white America. It follows a pattern of the blatant disrespect and marginalization of black people, but especially black women in America who have been killed by police.”
The three officers involved in the incident were in Taylors apartment with a no-knock warrant, but Cameron said that the police trio banged loudly on the door and announced their presence. The head prosecutor said that this was corroborated by a single civilian witness.
“Criminal law is not meant to respond to every sorrow and grief, and that is true here,” Cameron said.
When asked by a reporter if his office made any criminal prosecution recommendation to the grand jury for the shots that killed Taylor, the attorney general responded: Grand jury proceedings are secret. And so Im not going to get into the specifics of details about that proceeding. What I will say is that we presented all of the information and they ultimately made a determination about whether to charge. In this instance, they decided to indict Detective Hankison.
Taylor’s death, which sparked the rallying cry “Say Her Name,” was one the catalysts of a resurgent Black Lives Matter movement this summer that saw massive protests nationwide.
The Hill reached out to Cameron’s office for comment