Breonna Taylor 'didn't deserve to die', says officer who shot her

Remigio Civitarese
Ottobre 24, 2020

'No opportunity to consider anything else was permitted'.

The statement echoes one given by another juror earlier this week who similarly said that the panel "did not have homicide offenses explained to them".

In an interview with ABC News and the Louisville Courier-Journal, one of the Louisville police officers involved in the raid that led to the death of Breonna Taylor claims his team knocked on Taylor's door six times and said the fatal shooting could have been avoided if officers did not allow time for Taylor and her boyfriend to come to the door.

Hankison was subsequently indicted on that charge for shooting into a neighbors home during the botched raid.

Mattingly, 44, said one of the things he would have done differently would have been to burst into the apartment more quickly without giving her time to move towards the door.

In the account from Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R), there was no evidence Mattingly was shot by other officers in friendly fire.

His account again goes against Taylor's boyfriend Kenneth Taylor, who has always maintained the police did not announce themselves.

Mattingly and his fellow officers will not face homicide charges in connection with Taylor's death.

In Thursday's statement, released by Louisville attorney Kevin Glogower, the second grand juror said they agree "wholeheartedly with the statement released by anonymous grand juror #1".

Tuesday, the first juror said that they wanted to "get the truth out" about Taylor's case.

Members of the grand jury panel were given the green light to speak publicly under a Monday ruling from Jefferson Circuit Court Judge Annie O'Connell.

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In the same ruling, O'Connell ordered the release of grand jury records, citing the need to show if "publicly elected officials are being honest".

On Tuesday a member of the grand jury said the lawyers were correct. Cameron, whose office led the investigation, had opposed letting grand jurors speak about the proceedings.

Walker, who later said that he had thought the police were burglars, fired once, wounding one officer.

"No American citizen should ever die the way Breonna did, and the Justice for Breonna Taylor Act would play a significant role not only in addressing this travesty, but in creating a stepping stone to address systemic flaws in our policing", says HoJay.

No charges were filed in her death.

The jurors' statements contradict Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron's assertion that the grand jury "agreed" the officers who shot Taylor were justified in returning fire after they were shot at by Taylor's boyfriend.

Brett Hankison is the only cop out of the three who was charged.

In the statement, Cameron expressed "concerns with a grand juror seeking to make anonymous and unlimited disclosures about the grand jury proceedings" which he called secretive by firm legal precedent in order to protect the safety of all involved.

She further wrote that the grand jurors needed to be certain that "their work is not mischaracterized by the very prosecutors on whom they relied to advise them".

It wasn't immediately known whether Cameron would appeal the ruling.

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