Breonna Taylor

J. Tyler Franklin

Last week, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron presented the results of his office’s investigation into the police killing of Breonna Taylor. In laying out the evidence they had gathered over months of investigating, he answered one of the most persistent questions about what happened that night: 

“Evidence shows that officers both knocked and announced their presence at the apartment,” Cameron said. “The officer’s statements about their announcement are corroborated by an independent witness who was near in a proximity to apartment four,” where Taylor lived.

But what he didn’t mention was that three other neighbors said they didn’t hear any knocking or announcements, and the one witness who corroborated the statements offered three different answers each time he was interviewed.

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Former Louisville police detective Brett Hankison claimed in a March police interview that the shooter had an AR-15 rifle and he thought fellow officers were “being executed” during the deadly operation at Breonna Taylor’s apartment.

Hankison’s March 23 interview with LMPD’s Public Integrity Unit has come to light as part of the evidence presented to grand jurors reviewing the Breonna Taylor case last month. Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office was ordered by a Jefferson County judge to make the tapes public on Friday.

Lawyers with Cameron’s office presented the case to the grand jury, and played Hankison’s recorded testimony as part of their case. He was interviewed by fellow LMPD officers, and prosecutors couldn’t be heard on the sometimes inaudible grand jury tape addressing his claim that someone shot at police officers with an AR-15.

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A court released some 15 hours of recorded grand jury proceedings in the Breonna Taylor case Friday – an extraordinary action that comes after a juror disputed Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's explanation for why no one was directly charged in Taylor's killing by Louisville police this spring.

Erica Peterson

The office of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron will have until noon on Friday to file the audio recordings of grand jury proceedings related the Breonna Taylor case, a spokesperson for his office said Wednesday.

Cameron originally sought a one-week delay, ahead of a noon Wednesday deadline set earlier this week by Judge Ann Bailey Smith. Instead, she granted a two-day extension, according to Cameron spokesperson Elizabeth Kuhn.

“We are complying with the Judge’s order. The Grand Jury audio recording is more than 20 hours long, and our office filed a motion to request additional time to redact personally identifiable information of witnesses, including addresses and phone numbers,” Kuhn said in an email. “The Judge ruled on the motion today and granted an extension until noon on Friday to give us proper time to redact specific personal information of witnesses.”

Kate Howard

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron will release the recording of the grand jury that was impaneled to consider charges against the officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor, Cameron said Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, during the arraignment for former Louisville Metro Police officer Brett Hankison, a Jefferson County judge ordered Cameron’s office to file the recording with the court by Wednesday. Cameron said in an emailed statement that his office has an ethical obligation to keep grand jury proceedings secret but it was apparent that couldn’t happen due to the public interest in the case, and he will comply with the judge’s order.

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Former Louisville Metro Police officer Brett Hankison entered a plea of not guilty in his initial court appearance before a Jefferson County judge Monday afternoon.

The proceeding was conducted via telephone. Hankison was on the call.

Hankison is one of three officers who fired their weapons while participating in the March 13 raid that left Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman, dead in her south Jefferson County home. He was fired by the Louisville Metro Police in June.

Hankison was charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, which all stem from him firing his gun into apartments that neighbored Taylor’s, and the only officer indicted by a Jefferson County grand jury for his actions during the fatal raid.

Michelle Tyrene Johnson

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer will not extend the countywide curfew that ended Monday at 6:30 a.m., his office announced in a news release. Traffic barricades around downtown that went up nearly a week ago will remain in place, and the city will reassess those restrictions daily, according to Fischer’s office.

Louisville police said they arrested more than 200 people related to protests since the curfew went into effect Wednesday. That’s when a grand jury which considered evidence from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s office announced it would indict a former Louisville Metro Police officer, Brett Hankison, on wanton endangerment charges unrelated to Breonna Taylor’s death. No officers were charged for her killing.

J. Tyler Franklin

State Rep. Attica Scott was released from jail Friday morning after being arrested by Louisville police on felony rioting charges Thursday night.

In an arrest citation, police alleged that Scott was part of a large group that “caused extensive damage at multiple locations including setting fire to the Louisville Public Library.”

The same boilerplate language was used in citations for several other people arrested on Thursday night.

Scott recorded the event in a video on Instagram, which begins nearly eight minutes before her arrest. The video shows Scott and a group of people walking to a Unitarian church that was providing shelter for protesters, but at several points police block their way.

Breonna Taylor Family Lawyer To Cameron: ‘Release The Transcript’

Sep 25, 2020
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Attorney Ben Crump called on Kentucky’s attorney general Friday to release the details of his grand jury presentation and reveal whether he presented any evidence “on Breonna Taylor’s behalf.”

“If you want us to accept the results, release the transcript,” Crump said during a press conference in downtown Louisville, surrounded by Taylor’s family, activists, protesters and legislators.

Alan Simpson

A Kentucky attorney says he believes the grand jury that decided whether to bring charges against the police officers who killed Breonna Taylor made the right decision based on the facts that have been made public in the case. 

A Jefferson County grand jury this week indicted former Louisville police detective Brett Hankison, who was one of the officers at Taylor’s apartment in March to serve a search warrant.  Taylor’s boyfriend said he believed they were intruders and fired at police first. 

Hankison was only indicted on wanton endangerment for firing shots that ended up striking a neighbor’s apartment.  He was not indicted in Taylor’s death.  Attorney General Daniel Cameron said that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to suggest any of the bullets Hankison fired hit Taylor.  The two other officers involved in the drug raid were not indicted. 

Outraged and angry and, at times, wailing protesters renewed their cries for justice for Breonna Taylor on Wednesday, following the Kentucky grand jury's decision to not charge the police officers for killing her.

Meanwhile, the Taylor family have been much more restrained with their anguish over the killing of the 26-year-old by Louisville Metropolitan Police officers during a botched drug raid, since the decision was announced. For the most part they've remained out of the spotlight, issuing a series of brief statements on social media.

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State Rep. Attica Scott, her daughter Ashanti and at least 17 other protesters were arrested Thursday night on Fourth Street during a standoff of sorts with Louisville Metro Police officers around the property of a Fourth Street church.

Shameka Parrish-Wright, the co-chair of the Kentucky Alliance against Racist and Political Repression and one of the organizers who has occupied Jefferson Square Park since protests began in May, was also arrested during the standoff.

Rep. Scott was charged with unlawful assembly and first-degree rioting, according to Tracy Dotson, a spokesman for the FOP union representing Metro Correction officers. Her daughter faces similar charges.

J. Tyler Franklin

Gov. Andy Beshear says he spoke with President Donald Trump on Wednesday night, following the president’s offer to provide federal help responding to protests in Louisville.

Beshear said he appreciated the president’s call but they both agreed that the state didn’t need additional law enforcement to respond to the protests at this time.

“His comments were that it appeared we had things under the control. He did make an offer if at a later point we needed additional assistance, he would provide it,” Beshear said.

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The only charges to come out of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s investigation into the police killing of Breonna Taylor are three wanton endangerment charges for one of the three officers involved in the shooting.

Former Louisville Metro Police Officer Brett Hankison has been charged with showing “extreme indifference to human life” by shooting into an apartment where three people lived in Taylor’s complex.

Hankison was one of the officers that went to Taylor’s apartment on March 13 to serve a search warrant. Taylor’s boyfriend said he believed they were intruders, so he fired one shot at them, striking Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly in the leg.

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Louisville Metro Police Department Major Aubrey Gregory and Officer Robinson Desroches were the officers shot Wednesday evening when responding to shots fired near a march of protesters, city officials said.

Both are recovering; Gregory, who has been leading the police response to protests and testified about it before Metro Council this month, was shot in the hip and treated and released. Desroches was shot in the abdomen and is recovering after surgery.