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Breonna Taylor’s family is demanding the release of grand jury proceeding transcripts after a Kentucky grand jury indicted one officer for endangering Taylor’s neighbors during the police shooting that resulted in her death, according to ABC News.
“Release the transcript so we can have transparency,” Taylor family attorney Ben Crump said. “And if you did everything you could do on Breonna’s behalf, you shouldn’t have any problems whatsoever, Daniel Cameron, to release the transcript to see you fought for all of Kentucky’s citizens.”
Who Is Ben Crump?
According to his company website, “Benjamin Crump represents clients in some of the most important and contentious cases of our time, taking a place in legal history with his pursuit of justice.”
Crump has served as the first African-American President of the Federal Bar Association for the Northern District of Florida and the first African-American Chairman of the Florida State University College of Law Board of Directors.
He is a member of the American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, The Florida Justice Association, and many other groups dedicated to the law and the pursuit of justice.
Who Is Daniel Cameron?
Daniel Jay Cameron is an American politician and attorney serving as the 51st Attorney General of Kentucky.
Cameron is the first Republican elected to the office since 1944 and the first African-American attorney general of Kentucky.
As legal counsel to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Cameron successfully spearheaded the confirmation processes for conservative federal judges, including Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch.
What Is Known About The Grand Jury’s Decision?
“Tamika Palmer and her entire family… is heartbroken, devastated, and outraged, confused and bewildered just like all of us as to what the Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron present to the grand jury,” Crump said.
Fox News quotes Crump as saying, “Did he 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 of Breonna Taylor by these police officers and in doing so, make sure that Breonna Taylor’s family never got their day in court, never got their chance for due process and in essence, denied them justice?”
The Taylor family wasn’t informed of the grand jury decision ahead of time, until Tamika Palmer, Breonna’s mother, was getting ready to make the drive from Louisville to Frankfort to hear the decision, according to a USA Today article.
“I said, ‘Tamika, I hate to have to tell you this,'” attorney Lonita Baker recounted to The Courier-Journal on Thursday, “‘but I can’t let you leave here and see it on the news, on social media or anything else. Do you know what the three counts of wanton endangerment was for?’
“She looked at me and it instantly clicked, and she broke down again,” Baker said.
“The neighbors,” Palmer replied.
A day after the news, Palmer walked through Jefferson Square — the hub of protests demanding justice for her daughter — with supporters, snapping a few photos, then walked to Market Street to her car.
“It’s crazy,” she said. “The love is still here.”
Wearing a shirt with a picture of Cameron that said, “Mitch B****,” she recalled her reaction to his announcement a day earlier.
“Mad. Pissed. Upset. Hurt. A lot of emotions,” she said.
“I wasn’t surprised, though. I didn’t have faith in them, to begin with. I was holding out hope.”