Daniel Cameron Admits To Not Recommending Murder Charges For Cops Who Killed Breonna Taylor
The people already knew this but thanks for confirming Daniel Cameron.
October 01, 2020 at 2:01 pm
Update (September 30, 2020): Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron revealed on Tuesday that he never recommended murder charges against the police officers who killed Breonna Taylor on March 13, according to CBS News.
During a press conference last week, Cameron said the grand jury handed down no charges in connection with Taylor's death, as Blavity previously reported. Instead, former officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment of Taylor’s neighbors.
"Ultimately our judgment is that the charge that we could prove at trial beyond a reasonable doubt was for wanton endangerment against Mr. Hankison," Cameron told WDRB-TV.
Cameron said despite public outcry that Taylor’s family didn’t receive justice, the facts came out on top.
"I cannot fashion the facts in such a way to meet a narrative that in many ways had already been put out there before the facts had been put out there," he said.
Since the announcement of charges against Hankison, people have demanded Cameron to release the transcript of the grand jury recording. While he has agreed to release the transcript, he has requested an extension.
"The grand jury is meant to be a secretive body. It’s apparent that the public interest in this case isn’t going to allow that to happen,” he said.
According to NBC News, Cameron filed a motion with the court, indicating that his office needs a week to "redact personal identifiers of any named person, and to redact both names and personal identifiers of any private citizen.”
"The Grand Jury audio recording is more than 20 hours long, and our office filed a motion to request additional time, if the court permits it, to redact personally identifiable information of witnesses, including addresses and phone numbers," a spokesperson with Cameron’s office said in a statement.
On Monday, an unidentified juror requested a judge to allow fellow jurors to give up their confidential status to discuss Taylor’s case, the Courier-Journal reports.
The juror alleges that Cameron used them "as a shield to deflect accountability and responsibility for those decisions.”
Original (September 29, 2020): Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced he will release all grand jury records in the Breonna Taylor case on Wednesday after a member of the grand jury filed a motion bashing him for misleading them during the two-day proceeding, according to the Louisville Courier-Journal.
"The grand jury is meant to be a secretive body. It’s apparent that the public interest in this case isn’t going to allow that to happen," he said in a statement late on Monday.
Since Cameron revealed that no charges would be filed against either of the officers who shot Taylor last week, a flurry of information, and bodycam videos, have been released that threw much of what he told the public into question.
In an extremely rare situation on Monday, a member of the grand jury filed a motion demanding Cameron release the full grand jury file, writing through a lawyer that Cameron not only misled the public but also left out critical information during his presentation to the grand jury last week. A judge ordered Cameron release the transcripts per CNN.
During a press conference last Wednesday, Cameron largely shifted blame for the lack of charges against Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove on to the grand jury, telling reporters that he presented all the facts and members of the grand jury decided against any charges.
But an unnamed member of that jury is now saying that is not true, writing in the motion that Cameron was using them "as a shield to deflect accountability and responsibility for those decisions."
The motion asks for a transcript and recording of the grand jury proceeding to be released, and for all jurors to be given the right to speak openly about the case.
One of the key sections of the groundbreaking motion demands a judge allow members of the grand jury to also discuss "any potential charges and defendants presented or not presented."
"The full story and absolute truth of how this matter was handled from beginning to end is now an issue of great public interest and has become a large part of the discussion of public trust throughout the country. The public interest spreads across the entire commonwealth when the highest law enforcement official fails to answer questions and instead refers to the grand jury making the decisions," the unnamed grand jury member said through a lawyer.
"[Cameron] chose wisely in his speech. Now he has another choice in his response. Choose truth. Choose justice. Together Kentucky," the motion said.