The grand juries – who are opting to remain anonymous, citing security concerns – spoke to journalists over the phone Wednesday night with their lawyer, Kevin Glogower and the community activist. fellow Christopher 2X. They talked about how their service in the Taylor case was unlike dozens of other cases they’ve heard during their month of service.
“Has justice been done? No, I feel that quite a few things could have been done or should have been presented for our consideration,” said Grand Juror 1, a white man. Tell reporters during the call.
Six possible homicides under Kentucky law are not considered against Metro Louisville Police Department employees who fired their weapons in Taylor’s apartment because “they were proven backfire. Deadly fire “after being shot by Tayor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, Cameron, said in a press conference last month. “The grand jury agreed” with that decision, he said in the first public comments on grand jury proceedings.
Grand Juror 1 described Cameron’s comments as “inaccurate” and said he first heard possible six murder crimes that the attorneys may have considered was during Cameron’s press conference.
“Although we have asked for other allegations, we were never notified of any additional allegations. We were only told that they did not feel that they could make it. any charges “and LMPD officers were justified in retaliation,” the jury said.
“They don’t go into details of the self-defense laws, they don’t go into details of any of the six possible murder laws,” he said and explained at Cameron’s press conference. The catalyst for filing a lawsuit.
Grand Juror 2, a black man, said there should be additional charges against “possibly up to six officers were there” when Taylor was killed.
“We never got a chance to deliberately fight any other allegations,” he said, calling Cameron’s comments “false.”
The grand jury indicted Hankison on three first-degree human endangerment charges related to Taylor’s death. He was not charged with causing Taylor’s death, but for shooting “unintentionally and blindly” on her apartment.
Several bullets passed through Taylor’s apartment and into a neighboring house where three people were inside, including a pregnant woman and a child. Three numbers are for each person in that apartment.
“There was a ruckus” as prosecutors claimed those were the only charges filed with a grand jury, according to Grand Juror 1.
“In the end when they presented the allegation to us … almost everyone said at the same time, ‘Is there nothing else?'” The attorney general’s office reply was no charges. Another they might put out stick, Grand Juror 1 recalls.
“There are many questions,” he said. “We didn’t consider the allegations because we wanted to know what else was missing. … There was a ruckus at the end, and it hinted to me that there were some other people wanting to know more. information. “
‘Deliberately doing the opposite’
Two grand juries – who are not authorized to speak on behalf of other panel members – told journalists on Wednesday night that it was unusual for prosecutors to publish the allegations they wanted The jurist voted after all the evidence was presented, whereas in the dozens of cases they tried during the grand jury term, the allegations were made public by prosecutors. top of the case.
“There are probably 40 cases we heard during September,” explained Grand Juror 1.
“All the allegations are given to us first and then we listen to the evidence that applies to them, so we know what we’re hearing and what we’re hearing for.”
In Taylor’s case, the prosecutors “provided two and a half days of evidence and then presented the charges at the last minute, which confuses us,” he said.
Jury 1 said Cameron’s office told the grand jury “more than once” that they would present the case as a trial, “but even during a trial, the jury knew the allegation. What are they and why are they hearing the evidence they’re listening. We can’t afford that luxury. “
Grand Juror 2 said it seemed like the attorney general’s office was “deliberately doing the opposite”.
CNN asked Cameron’s office why they brought the allegations at the end of the Taylor case, when the jurors said they heard the allegations at the beginning of all other cases in the entrance trial. their September.
Next steps and cure
They said part of the reason both jurors chose to come up with it was because they wanted Tamika Palmer, Breonna’s mother, to know that they were not behind the decision not to prosecute officers for her daughter’s murder.
“I wanted her to know that in this room we took seriously our responsibility to listen to all the evidence they presented to us,” said Grand Juror 2.
And as the daily protests called #JusticeForBreonna continue, the FBI is investigating whether any federal civil rights violations occurred during events bringing LMPD officers to Taylor’s apartment and other event after her death or not.
Grand Juror 1 said: “I believe part of the way we heal is doing exactly what we are doing.
“Bringing this into the public eye even more to see how, how and how it was presented. And I believe that may start part of the healing process, but it’s not enough. “