Tuesday, October 20, 2020

Breonna Taylor grand juror says panel was not advised to consider homicide charges

Looks like Kentucky Attorney General was less than honest when he said that a grand jury agreed with prosecutors that no one should be directly charged with killing Taylor.

A grand juror who won a court fight to speak publicly about the Breonna Taylor investigation took issue Tuesday with statements by Kentucky's attorney general and said the jury was not given the option to consider charges connected to Taylor's shooting death by police.

The juror released the following statement through an attorney:

Statement of Anonymous Grand Juror #1

Being one of the jurors on the Breonna Taylor case was a learning experience.The three weeks of service leading up to that presntation showed how the grand jury normally operates. The Breonna Taylor case was quite different. After hearing the Attorney General Daniel Cameron's press conference, and with my duty as a grand juror being over, my duty as a citizen compelled action. The grand jury was not presented any charges other than the three Wanton Endangerment charges against Detective Hankison. The grand jury did not have homicide offenses explained to them. The grand jury never heard anything about those laws. Self defense or justification was never explained either. Questions were asked about additional charges and the grand jury was told there would be none because the prosecutors didn't feel they could make them stick. The grand jury didn't agree that certain actions were justified, nor did it decide the indictment should be the only charges in the Breonna Taylor case. The grand jury was not given the opportunity to deliberate on those charges and deliberated only on what was presented to them. I cannot speak for other jurors but I can help the truth be told.

Anonymous Grand Juror #1

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