Council won’t appoint new prosecutor in Breonna Taylor case

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP/WTVQ) – A council of Kentucky prosecutors says it does not have the legal authority to appoint another special prosecutor in the police shooting of Breonna Taylor.

Taylor’s mother asked the council for the new prosecutor.

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One member of the council says it had no legal authority to appoint another prosecutor.

The council voted unanimously in agreement on Friday.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office had acted as special prosecutor in the case after Louisville’s local prosecutor recused himself in May.

In September, a grand jury declined to indict any Louisville police officers on charges connected to Taylor’s shooting death.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump and co-counsels Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker released the following statement in response to the Kentucky Prosecutors Advisory Council’s refusal to appoint a special prosecutor in the Breonna Taylor case:

Kentucky’s failure to not just deliver justice for Breonna Taylor but even to seek it deeply disturbed her family, the community, protesters across the nation, and even members of the grand jury. The actions of Daniel Cameron destroyed the integrity and public trust of the prosecutorial system throughout Kentucky. Today, the Prosecutor’s Advisory Council had the opportunity to restore this trust. Instead, they punted on the issue, inaccurately claiming that they lacked the ‘authority to fulfill the request that has been submitted.’ This is yet another gross miscarriage of justice in this case, and yet another example of a system which is biased towards law enforcement members and which shuns Black women. The level of cowardice that we have witnessed by the Louisville Police Department, the attorney general’s office, and now the council, is staggering.

 “Breonna Taylor’s name has become a unifying symbol for people across the globe who are fighting against hate, injustice, and inequality. Her name will forever mean something, and is already changing the world for the better. Can those who continue to deny her justice and refuse to hold her killers accountable say the same?”

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