Kentucky to release grand jury tapes in Breonna Taylor’s filming probe

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The Kentucky attorney general has agreed to release the tapes of the secret grand jury proceeding that examined charges against three officers involved in the fatal shooting of Breonna Taylor.Attorney General Daniel Cameron agreed to release hours after a grand jury member filed a lawsuit to keep the record of the proceedings open to the public.

Cameron also said in a statement that the only charge he recommended to the grand jury was gratuitous endangerment. He had previously declined to provide details of the charges prosecutors laid before the grand jury at its meeting last week.

On Monday, an unidentified grand juror filed a motion with the court asking a judge to release the transcript of the grand jury proceedings.

Last week, the Louisville grand jury brought charges against one of the officers, Brett Hankison, for endangering neighbors of Taylor who had bullets fired at their home. None of the officers have been charged with the murder of Taylor, who was shot five times after officers knocked on her door to serve a narcotics deposit warrant on March 13.

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Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Wednesday there would be no charges against Louisville police for the murder of Breonna Taylor in March. Only one of the three men involved, who has since been forcibly discharged, has been indicted and faces three counts of “gratuitous endangerment” for shooting at Taylor’s neighbor’s house. After the grand jury’s decision was released, protests erupted in Louisville. Today, host Josh Bloch speaks to USA Today political reporter Phillip M. Bailey about the implications of the grand jury ruling and why Taylor’s name continues to be a rallying cry for those fighting against police brutality in the United States. 21:02

During an indictment for Hankison on Monday, a judge ordered the release of the grand jury tapes.

Last week, Taylor’s family members and his attorney called on the attorney general to release details of the grand jury presentation.

A spokesperson for the attorney general’s office told CBC News in an emailed statement on Tuesday that the office was “confident in the case we have presented” but would reluctantly comply with the judge’s order.

Relatively rare release

Cameron said in accepting the release of the tapes that the grand jury is supposed to be a “secret body”.

“Obviously the public interest in this matter will not allow this to happen,” Cameron said.

Cameron said last week that two of the officers, Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, were right to shoot their guns because Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker shot them.

“Our prosecutors presented all of the evidence, even though the evidence supported Sgt. Mattingly and Det. Cosgrove were justified in their use of force after being attacked by Kenneth Walker, ”Cameron said in the statement. “For this reason, the only recommended charge was gratuitous endangerment. ”

But the public deserves to know if other criminal charges have been considered by the grand jury outside of Cameron’s recommendation, said lawyer Kevin Glogower, who represents a grand juror who has filed a lawsuit for the publication. records.

“We still don’t know what charges, if any, have been made outside of this recommendation,” Glogower told reporters Tuesday morning. Cameron has “not yet responded to what has actually been presented with regard to the charges and who they were directed to.” I think it’s important to know and my client feels the same. “

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron addresses the media after the return of a grand jury inquiry into the death of Breonna Taylor, in Frankfort, Ky., September 23. an officer has since been fired. (Timothy D. Easley / The Associated Press)

Such public disclosure of grand jury minutes is rare. Most states have laws that would make this impossible. Other states, like California, allow it in very specific circumstances, and some places require a judge’s order.

The grand jury transcripts were released during the Michael Brown police shooting in Missouri. But a judge declined to release the grand jury minutes that decided not to indict New York City officers over Eric Garner’s death in 2014, citing in part concerns about secrecy. In Georgia, the 11th Circuit this year voted against the publication of the grand jury files in the 1946 lynching of two black couples.

Hankison, who was forcibly removed for his actions in the raid, pleaded not guilty on Monday.

The city of Louisville announced earlier this month that it had reached a deal with Taylor’s family, agreeing to pay US $ 12 million and reform policing practices.

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