In Breonna Taylor case, calls for more transparency, a new special prosecutor

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (ABC/WTVQ/WHAS) – Saying their fight for justice is not over, attorneys for Breonna Taylor’s family asked the governor of Kentucky to appoint a new special prosecutor to reopen the case and slammed state Attorney General Daniel Cameron for “intentionally” not presenting homicide charges against three white officers who fatally shot the 26-year-old Black woman in her own apartment.
The request was made in an open letter to Gov. Andy Beshear, and came a day after the public release of 15 hours of recordings of a three-day grand jury hearing which resulted in one officer being indicted on wanton endangerment charges, but not for Taylor’s death.
“Unfortunately, Cameron did not serve as an unbiased prosecutor in this case and intentionally did not present charges to the grand jury that would have pursued justice for Ms. Taylor,” reads the letter addressed to Beshear and posted online by attorneys for Taylor’s family.

One of the attorneys, Benjamin Crump, posted a message on Twitter accompanying a link to the letter, saying, “This fight is NOT OVER! We DEMAND a new special prosecutor reopen #Breonna Taylor’s case?”

In the letter, the family asks for 10,000 signatures in support of the request, and as of Sunday afternoon, more than 7,800 people had signed.

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“It is past time for Louisville’s and Kentucky’s leaders to honor the value of her life by holding those responsible for her death accountable,” reads the letter.

Beshear, who appointed Cameron to be the special prosecutor in the case, has yet to respond to the letter.

Meanwhile, community activist Christopher 2X, along with UofL doctoral students issued a public plea in hopes of the grand jurors in Taylor’s case get their chance to speak out.

2X said a third party connected to a second grand juror called him Saturday night, wanting to share their version of events.

An attorney for another anonymous grand juror already filed a motion asking a judge to speak out.

“I believe at the end of the day, we’re going to hear hurt – we’re going to hear something from them that you can’t pick up on those audio tapes as it relates to 15 hours of playing those tapes,” 2X said. “How many more want to feel freely to say ‘here’s my version of what happened with the Breonna Taylor evidence that we were presented with’?”

Eyes also turn now to the FBI’s investigation into civil rights violations in Taylor’s case.

“The city is angry and the country is too and we think that lifting that silence will really help to lift the voices that need to be heard,” Tytianna Wells, a doctoral candidate at U of L, said.

“Our hope from the FBI is that there’s one more step one more process one more eye looking at the situation which is important because right now this city is feeling like its not going to get justice,” Christie Welch, U of L graduate student, said.

2X said he spoke with the FBI on Sunday, which said it is putting lots of resources into the investigation, including civil rights attorneys from the Department of Justice in Washington D.C., not any Louisville-area attorneys.

“We’re pleased to hear that, and we think that is necessary that is if you’ve got the best to get in on this, you shouldn’t do that,” he said.

The group said the FBI has completed forensics for its investigation and is now working on data analysis, looking at photos and videos.

The FBI, according to the group, believes it likely won’t finish and share its conclusion until 2021.

“They really get to write the last chapter of the investigation as it relates to Breonna Taylor,” 2X said.

2X said he believes the FBI will be transparent throughout its investigation.
His organization ‘gamechangers’ plans to coordinate community interaction events so the public can hear directly from the FBI about the process.