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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.

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. 


Kevin Willis

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer are calling on Attorney General Daniel Cameron to release more evidence from the Breonna Taylor investigation to the public.

Cameron provided some details of the investigation during a news conference on Wednesday, following the grand jury indictment of one of the officers involved in the March 13 raid on Taylor’s apartment.

But Cameron said that, at this point, he won’t publicly release the grand jury report or full investigative findings because of the ongoing prosecution of the case and FBI investigation into the shooting.

“I think it would be irresponsible at this juncture for this office to release any sort of file,” Cameron said.

Erica Peterson

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron says his office determined that two of the three officers who fired their weapons were justified when they fatally shot Breonna Taylor.

Officer Myles Cosgrove and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly were returning fire and within their rights to defend themselves, according to Cameron, who spoke in Frankfort Wednesday afternoon at the Kentucky History Center shortly after a grand jury announced it was charging only one of the officers involved in Taylor’s death.

The grand jury indicted former Louisville Metro Police officer Brett Hankison on three counts of wanton endangerment, all connected to Hankison firing his gun and endangering Taylor’s neighbors. None of the counts are for firing into Taylor’s apartment, or directly linked to her death.

Grand Jury To Announce Findings In Breonna Taylor Case

Sep 23, 2020
Kate Howard

The grand jury in the Breonna Taylor case will present their findings to a judge this afternoon and an announcement from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron will follow.

The Administrative Office of the Courts announced that the jury will present its findings at 1:15 p.m. before Judge Annie O’Connell.

An announcement from Cameron is expected to follow, from the Kentucky History Center in Frankfort.

In preparation for the announcement, Louisville police have limited access to downtown and officials have closed federal buildings.

Kyeland Jackson

President Donald Trump has announced 20 people he’d consider to be on the U.S Supreme Court if he has to fill another vacancy, and among them is first-term Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron.

Cameron is 34 years old and the first Black person to independently hold statewide office in Kentucky. He is a protégé of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and worked as general counsel in his Senate office.

Trump’s announcement reprises a tactic from his 2016 campaign when he provided a list of potential justices amid controversy over a Supreme Court vacancy.

Kate Howard

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced on Sunday that his office now has the FBI ballistics report from the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.

Cameron referred to the new information as a “critical piece” of the investigation during an appearance on CBS’s Face the Nation, adding that more witness interviews still need to be conducted. Cameron said he will meet with FBI officials this week to review the report.

After the television interview, Cameron said on Twitter that his office doesn’t plan to announce any decisions on the case this week.

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Three Kentuckians spoke during the Republican National Convention on Tuesday including Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who praised President Donald Trump and criticized protests that have erupted around the country in recent months.

Cameron is the first Black person elected to statewide office in Kentucky on his own ticket, and is currently investigating the death of Breonna Taylor, a Black woman and emergency room technician killed by Louisville police in March.

During his speech, Cameron criticized “the politics of identity, cancellation and mob rule.”

J. Tyler Franklin

 

Democratic Senate candidate Amy McGrath traded words with Kentucky’s 

 Republican Attorney General, Daniel Cameron on Friday over the pace of his investigation into the fatal police shooting of Breonna Taylor.

Cameron’s office took on the case in May, two months after Taylor was shot in her home during a middle-of-the-night raid linked to a broader narcotics investigation. McGrath said in a statement Friday that he was taking too long.

“The AG has failed to convey to the public that his office is making this investigation a priority,” she said, according to a news release. “In fact, he has failed to communicate much at all with the public about this case. This shouldn’t be political, but Cameron is drawing out this process as faith in his ability to conduct a proper investigation continues to erode. With more than 200 employees, including some of the top investigators in the state, why, after 100 days, don’t we have a final report by the AG’s office?”

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The Jefferson County Attorney will not proceed with felony charges against protesters who demonstrated outside Kentucky Attorney Daniel Cameron’s home earlier this week.

Louisville Metro Police arrested 87 peaceful protesters on charges that included a felony — intimidation of a participant in a legal process — police spokespeople said this week. County Attorney Mike O’Connell said he came to the decision after reviewing the law, according to a news release from his office.

“While we do believe the LMPD had probable cause for the charge, in the interest
of justice and the promotion of the free exchange of ideas, we will dismiss that charge for each protestor arrested this past Tuesday,” he said, according to the release. “We continue to review the misdemeanors and violations for prosecution at a later date.”

AG: Judge Signals Intention to Block Governor's Virus Order

Jul 17, 2020
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Kentucky's attorney general says a judge has signaled he intends to sign an order blocking the governor's emergency orders dealing with the coronavirus outbreak.

Republican Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Friday a judge in Boone County indicated he would require the Democratic governor to “follow the legal process” when taking executive actions.

Cameron says the ruling won't hamper public health officials in ensuring the safety of Kentuckians.

Stephanie Wolf

Governor Andy Beshear described Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s court motion to overturn all executive orders related to coronavirus “truly frightening,” during a news conference Thursday.

Cameron, a Republican, requested the Boone County Circuit Court to temporarily stop the government from issuing new executive orders related to the coronavirus pandemic, and enforcing current ones. He claimed Democrat Beshear had exceeded his powers as governor. Beshear’s counsel has moved to dismiss Cameron’s motion.

Beshear said his orders range from mandating masks to requiring businesses to sanitize their facilities.

Kyeland Jackson

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has filed a motion to suspend executive orders designed to protect the public from the global pandemic currently ravaging the country, and on the rise in the Commonwealth.

In a motion filed Wednesday, Cameron asked the Boone County Circuit Court to issue a temporary injunction nullifying the governor’s orders. Cameron makes numerous claims in the filing, arguing Gov. Andy Beshear’s orders exceed his authority as governor, violate the state Constitution and are unequally applied among Kentucky residents.

Beshear responded in a tweet, saying: “With no rules, there is no chance of getting kids back to school, we will lose over $10 billion in our economy and many Kentuckians will die. I hope everyone understands how scary and reckless this is.”

Kate Howard

Police arrested 87 protesters participating in a sit-in on the lawn of Attorney General Daniel Cameron Tuesday evening, according to the Louisville Metro Police Department.

LMPD released a statement saying protesters were arrested for trespassing at Cameron’s request. 

“All were given the opportunity to leave, were told that remaining on the property would be unlawful, and chose not to leave,” said Sgt. Lamont Washington in a statement.  

One by one, officers detained protesters dressed in white as they called for the swift conclusion of the investigation into the shooting death of Breonna Taylor.

J. Tyler Franklin

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron has filed a court motion asking for a judge to determine whether Gov. Andy Beshear’s executive order for all Kentuckians to wear masks in public places is legal.The development comes a day after Beshear issued the mask requirement, which begins today at 5:00 p.m.

On Friday, Cameron asked Scott Circuit Judge Brian Privett if Beshear’s order “complies with the current temporary restraining order stopping enforcement of COVID-19 executive orders that are not in compliance with state law,” according to a release issued by Cameron’s office.

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