Last week, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced that a grand jury would not charge any of the three officers involved in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor with murder. Instead, a single officer would be indicted for “wanton endangerment,” while the other two would walk away scot-free.
But a member of that grand jury is now appealing to the court to release transcripts from grand jury proceedings. Speaking through a personal attorney to maintain anonymity, the juror says that Cameron misled the public about what charges he posed to the grand jury.
“My client wants to make sure the truth gets out,” said Kevin Glogower, the anonymous juror’s lawyer. The juror has requested the court release any and all recordings, transcripts, and reports from the grand jury proceedings, because, as Glogower says, “What was presented [to jurors] is not being publicly disclosed.”
On Monday night, Attorney General Cameron admitted that he only recommended charges for wanton endangerment to the grand jury, and nothing more. In a statement, Cameron said that the use of force by the two uncharged officers was “justified.” As such he did not seek additional indictments against them. “For that reason, the only charge recommended was wanton endangerment,” Cameron said.
But Ben Crump, a lawyer for Breonna Taylor’s family, said that the grand juror’s appeal proves that Cameron “clearly failed to present a comprehensive case that supported justice for Breonna.”
“We fully support the call to release the entire proceeding transcript as the only way to know what evidence was presented and how the grand jury instructions led to this outcome,” Crump and his colleagues wrote in a statement.
Recordings Will Become Public
By Monday evening, Cameron had agreed to make recordings from the grand jury public. The decision followed calls from the Mayor of Louisville and the Governor of Kentucky. But Cameron maintained his qualms about making such information public while other inquires continue.
“We stand by our belief that such a release could compromise the ongoing federal investigation and could have unintended consequences such as poisoning the jury pool,” Cameron stated.