Breonna Taylor grand jurors say there was an ‘uproar’ after they realized officers would not be charged along with her loss of life

Breonna Taylor's mother asks for independent prosecutor to present case to a new grand jury


The grand jurors — who’re selecting to stay nameless, citing safety issues — spoke to journalists by cellphone Wednesday night together with their legal professional, Kevin Glogower, and neighborhood activist Christopher 2X. They spoke about how their service on the Taylor case was not like dozens of different instances they heard all through their month of service.

“Was justice was done? No, I feel that there was there’s quite a bit more that could have been done or should have been presented for us to deliberate on,” Grand Juror 1, a White male, advised reporters on the decision.

Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Annie O’Connell earlier this month allowed grand jurors to discuss their service after Grand Juror 1 filed courtroom paperwork suggesting public feedback by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron in regards to the proceedings had been misleading.

Six attainable murder costs beneath Kentucky regulation weren’t thought of in opposition to the Louisville Metro Police Department officers who fired their weapons in Taylor’s condo as a result of “they were justified in the return of deadly fire” after being shot directly by Tayor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, Cameron stated in a information convention final month. The “grand jury agreed” with that call, he stated in his first public feedback in regards to the grand jury proceedings.

Grand Juror 1 described Cameron’s feedback as “inaccurate” and stated the primary time he heard there have been six attainable murder costs that the jurists may have reviewed was in Cameron’s information convention.

“Even though we asked for other charges to be brought, we were never told of any additional charges. We were just told that they didn’t feel that they can make any charges stick” and that LMPD officers had been justified in returning fireplace,” the juror said.

“They did not go into the main points of the self-defense statutes, they did not go into the main points of any of the six attainable homicide statutes,” he said, explaining Cameron’s news conference was the catalyst for filing the petition with the court.

Grand Juror 2, a Black male, said there should have been additional charges against “perhaps as much as the six officers that had been there” when Taylor was killed.

“We had been by no means given the chance to deliberate in opposition to every other costs,” he said, calling Cameron’s comments “simply false all the best way round.”

“We had been open the entire time to hearken to all the things they offered, and it might have been good if that they had offered each cost, however they solely offered those three charges,” Grand Juror 2 said, referring to the charges brought against former LMPD detective Brett Hankison.

The grand jury indicted Hankison on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree in connection with Taylor’s death. He is not charged with causing the death of Taylor, but for “wantonly and blindly” firing at her apartment.

Some of the bullets went through Taylor’s apartment and into one next door, where three people were inside, including a pregnant woman and a child. The three counts are for each of those people in that apartment.

“There was an uproar” when prosecutors announced those were the only charges being presented to the grand jury, according to Grand Juror 1.

“When they lastly did current the fees to us … virtually of all the folks directly stated, ‘Isn’t there the rest?'” The reply from the attorney general’s office was there were no other charges that they could make stick, Grand Juror 1 recalled.

“There had been a whole lot of questions,” he said. “We did not go proper into deliberation on costs as a result of we wished to know what else was lacking. … There was an uproar on the finish, and it urged to me that there have been a number of different individuals who wished to know extra info.”

According to Kentucky law, prosecutors “shall attend the grand jurors when requested by them” and “when requested by them, draft indictments.”

‘Deliberately did it backwards’

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron addresses the media following the return of the grand jury investigation into Taylor's death, in Frankfort, Kentucky, on September 23.

The two grand jurors — who are not authorized to speak on behalf of other members of the panel — told journalists Wednesday evening they found it unusual that prosecutors announced the charges they wanted the jurists to vote on after all the evidence was presented, whereas in the dozens of cases they heard throughout their grand jury term, charges were announced by prosecutors at the beginning of the case.

“There had been in all probability 40 instances we would heard all through the month of September,” Grand Juror 1 explained.

“All of the fees had been dropped at us first after which we hearken to the proof that utilized to these costs, so we knew what we had been listening to and what we’re listening for.”

In Taylor’s case, prosecutors “offered two and a half days of proof after which offered the fees on the very finish, which was complicated to us,” he said.

Juror 1 said Cameron’s office told the grand jury “greater than as soon as” that they were going to present the case like a trial, “however even in a trial the jury is aware of what the fees are and why they’re listening to the proof they’re listening to. We weren’t afforded that luxurious.”

Grand Juror 2 said it seemed the attorney general’s office “intentionally did it backwards.”

CNN has asked Cameron’s office why it presented charges at the end of its presentation of the Taylor case, when the jurors said they heard charges at the start of all other cases during their September grand jury service.

Next steps and healing

Tamika Palmer, Breonna Taylor's mother, marches with Black Lives Matter protesters in Louisville in September.

Part of the reason both jurors chose to come forward, they said, was because they wanted Tamika Palmer, Breonna’s mother, to know they weren’t behind the attorney general’s decision not to indict officers for the killing of her daughter.

“I’d like her to know that on this room we took severely our accountability to hearken to all of the proof that they offered to us,” Grand Juror 2 said.

Palmer is asking the Kentucky Prosecutors Advisory Council to appoint an independent prosecutor to present the case of her daughter’s death before a new grand jury, saying the state attorney general’s handling of the case “undermines the belief and integrity of the whole course of.”

And as daily protests calling #JusticeForBreonna continue, the FBI is investigating whether any federal civil rights violations occurred in the events that brought the LMPD officers to Taylor’s apartment and the events that followed her death.

“I imagine a part of how we heal is doing precisely what we’re doing,” Grand Juror 1 said.

“Bringing this additional into the general public eye as to how, how and what it was, was offered. And I imagine that that will start a part of the therapeutic course of, however it’s not sufficient.”

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