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Politics Governor reacts to Breonna Taylor grand jury: 'Systematic racism exists' in US, Kentucky

01:15  24 september  2020
01:15  24 september  2020 Source:   thehill.com

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Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) on Wednesday addressed the decision announced earlier in the day to indict only one police officer involved in the killing of Breonna Taylor - and on charges unrelated to her death.

a person standing posing for the camera: Governor reacts to Breonna Taylor grand jury: 'Systematic racism exists' in US, Kentucky © NBC News Governor reacts to Breonna Taylor grand jury: 'Systematic racism exists' in US, Kentucky

"I will never feel the weight of 400 years of slavery, segregation and Jim Crow... but I can listen, I can try to hear, and I can be clear: Systematic racism exists in this world, in this country and in our commonwealth," Beshear said.

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The governor listed issues including racial disparities in health care and disproportionate incarceration.

"It impacts everything form wealth, earnings, education, even how long we live on this earth," he said.

Beshear also emphasized Attorney General Daniel Cameron's (R) independence from the governor's office following Cameron's announcement of the charges, which saw swift condemnation from Democrats and criminal justice advocates.

"As governor you can do a lot of things, and some people think you can do just about anything, but as governor I cannot control an attorney general's office, I cannot control decisions made by a grand jury and I don't lead local law enforcement offices," Beshear said. "What I can control is how I lead, what I say, what I am committed to doing."

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Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Results Only ONE Cop Charged, Wanton Endangerment. The grand jury has indicted just one officer, Brett Hankison, on charges of wanton endangerment. He also pled with Kentucky residents not to allow outside influences and voices to tell them out to feel about this.

There is no question that Breonna Taylor was murdered inside of her apartment and there is also We will continue to stand up and fight against police terror, systemic racism , and white supremacy in We call for radical, sustainable solutions that affirm the progression and prosperity of all Black lives.

The governor commended Cameron for keeping his office in the loop ahead of the decision and allowing it to prepare. However, he also noted that Cameron's announcement had referenced information and evidence that had not been made available to Beshear's office or the general public.

"I believe that the general public deserves this information," he said. "I previously made what I would call a suggestion to the attorney general, and now I'm posting a request" for the information to be posted online.

Taylor was killed in March by three Louisville police officers executing a no-knock warrant at her apartment.

Her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired his gun at them when they entered, and the officers fatally shot Taylor when they returned fire. Walker and other witnesses have said the officers did not identify themselves as police before entering.

One of the three, Brett Hankison, was indicted Wednesday on three counts of wanton endangerment for firing into other apartments.

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