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World Grand Juror in Breonna Taylor Case Seeks Release of Court Records and Transcript

04:06  29 september  2020
04:06  29 september  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

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Protesters march against police brutality in Los Angeles, on September 23, 2020, following a decision on the Breonna Taylor case in Louisville, Kentucky. A Grand Juror involved in the case has issued a filing asking for release of the grand jury transcript and records connected to her case. © Apu Gomes / AFP/Getty Protesters march against police brutality in Los Angeles, on September 23, 2020, following a decision on the Breonna Taylor case in Louisville, Kentucky. A Grand Juror involved in the case has issued a filing asking for release of the grand jury transcript and records connected to her case.

On Monday evening, a Grand juror in the case of Breonna Taylor—a Black 26-year-old medic shot to death by police in Louisville, Kentucky—asked the court to release the grand jury transcript and records connected to last week's decision to charge only one of the four Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officers involved her shooting.

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The court filing also seeks to allow other Grand jurors to publicly discuss the case in the name of transparency, according to The Courier-Journal.

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Unrest continues in Louisville after the grand jury decision in connection to Breonna Taylor 's death, Jeff Paul reports.

Release the transcript so we can have transparency. And if you did everything that you could do on Breonna 's behalf, you shouldn't have any problem whatsoever, Daniel Cameron, to releasing the transcript so that we can see you fought for all of Kentucky's citizens.

"Truth being of paramount importance to all affected parties and the community as a whole, justice demands a full public release of the grand jury proceedings," the filing said. The individual who filed the request has remained anonymous.

The filing specifically names Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, alleging that his comments following the announcement of indictments implied that "the grand jury alone made the decision on who and what to charge based solely on the evidence presented to them."

As such, the filing seeks to disclose what evidence was presented to the jurors.

On September 25, Taylor family attorneys Ben Crump and Lonita Baker also called for the release of the grand jury transcripts, mentioning Cameron by name.

"Did [Cameron] present any evidence on Breonna Taylor's behalf, or did he make a unilateral decision to put his thumb on the scales of justice to help try to exonerate and justify (the killing) by these police officers?" Crump asked at a press briefing last Friday.

Baker accused Cameron of refusing to answer questions about whether he presented any charges relating to Taylor's death to the grand jury, and added that the family is still seeking state-level manslaughter or murder charges against the officers involved in her shooting, according to KCTV.

On September 23, the state announced three Grand Jury indictments against former officer Brett Hankison, an officer involved in Taylor's death, for wanton endangerment in the first degree. He was the only of the three LMPD officers criminally implicated for their roles in Taylor's death and was also the only officer fired.

The indictments against him didn't pertain to Taylor's death, but rather his bullets that traveled through walls into nearby apartments during the raid which killed Taylor. His bond was set at $15,000, which was posted soon afterward.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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A Timeline of What's Happened Since Breonna Taylor Was Killed by Police on March 13 .
The killing of Breonna Taylor in March has led to widespread Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the US and prompted the passage of "Breonna's Law" — local legislation in Louisville, KY, which bans no-knock warrants — as well as the hiring of a new interim Louisville police chief. On Sept. 23, outrage around the lack of justice in the case grew when Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron declined to press charges against any of the officers involved in her killing with her death. Instead, former detective Brett Hankison was indicted by a grand jury for three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree for firing 10 rounds into the apartment blindly.

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