Breonna Taylor: Kentucky AG will publish the grand jury’s record in case


The Kentucky attorney general will publish a record of the grand jury’s proceedings in the Breonna Taylor case, a spokeswoman said hours after one of the jurors filed a motion in court to seek action so that “the truth may prevail, “according to reports.

The unidentified grand juror – who assaulted Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s statements last week – also asked a judge to allow panel members to waive their confidentiality status if they decide to discuss the Louisville explosive case, the Courier-Journal reported.

Former detective Brett Hankison has been charged with dangerous threat for firing through the window of the 26-year-old EMT during a March 13 bombing raid, with bullets going into a nearby apartment building.

Hankison, Sgt. Jon Mattingly and Detective Miles Cosgrove entered Taylor’s apartment on a narcotics warrant and exchanged guns with her husband, Kenneth Walker.

She was fatally shot during the raid, but no officer has been charged with her death.

Breonna Taylor
Breonna TaylorCourtesy of Family of Breonna Ta

“The full history and absolute truth of how this matter has been handled from start to finish is now a matter of great public interest and has become a big part of the public trust discussion across the country,” Kevin Glogower , the lawyer for the jury, wrote in the thread on Monday afternoon, the Courier-Journal reported.

The motion accuses Cameron of using grand jurors “as a shield to divert responsibility and accountability for those decisions” – and asks the court to allow them to discuss even what did not happen during the proceedings, including “any charges and defendants filed or not filed,” according to the outlet.

Monday, Hankison pleaded not guilty to three counts of voluntary manslaughter on his indictment in Jefferson Circuit Court, where Judge Ann Bailey Smith also ordered “the record of grand jury trials be filed in the court file at noon Wednesday this week.”

The AG said in a later statement that it would respect the judge’s order, despite the regrets.

“The grand jury is destined to be a secret body,” he said, the Courier-Journal reported. “It is apparent that the public interest in this case will not allow that to happen.”

Breonna Taylor's sister Ju'Niyah Palmer releases butterflies next to her mother Tamika Palmer.
Breonna Taylor’s sister Ju’Niyah Palmer releases butterflies alongside her mother Tamika Palmer.REUTERS

Cameron said the grand jury allowed officers to shoot in self-defense after Walker shot him and noted that “the only recommended charge (to the grand jury) was a dangerous one,” according to the newspaper.

“Our prosecutors have presented all the evidence, although the evidence supports that Sgt. Mattingly and Detective Cosgrove were justified in their use of force after being shot by Kenneth Walker,” Cameron said.

Last week, the attorney general declined to say what charges he had considered the grand jury or who he considered prosecuting – only that the murder charges were not applicable in Taylor’s death.

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