Breonna Taylor’s household calls for to see Kentucky grand jury proof


SUMMER OF PROTESTS

Taylor’s killing, which initially drew little nationwide consideration, gained prominence after the demise of George Floyd, a Black man, beneath the knee of a Minneapolis police officer on Could 25 ignited a summer season of protests.

Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency medical technician and aspiring nurse, was shot six instances by police after her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired a single spherical on the officers, wounding one in every of them. Three officers responded by firing 32 rounds.

“I’m offended. … The system as a complete has failed her,” Taylor’s mom, Tamika Palmer, stated in an announcement learn aloud by her sister. “You robbed the world of a queen.”

Crump, who represented Taylor’s household in a wrongful demise lawsuit towards town of Louisville, questioned whether or not Cameron was making an attempt to guard the police when he offered the case to the grand jury.

Cameron has declined to launch the grand jury proof, partially as a result of a separate federal investigation was ongoing.

Cameron’s workplace didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Friday. On Thursday, Cameron’s spokeswoman, Elizabeth Kuhn, stated: “Releasing that info now would compromise the federal investigation and violate a prosecutor’s moral duties.”

Police stated on Friday that they had arrested 24 protesters, together with state Consultant Attica Scott, the one Black girl within the Kentucky legislature. Scott is a sponsor of “Breonna’s Regulation,” proposed laws which might finish “no-knock” warrants and require police to put on physique cameras whereas warrants are served.

Police additionally arrested Scott’s daughter, Ashanti Scott, and Shameka Parrish-Wright, a distinguished activist. The three have been charged with felony first-degree rioting and the misdemeanors of failure to disperse and illegal meeting.

They have been launched Friday morning after spending the evening in jail, stated Ted Shouse, an legal professional for Parrish-Wright. Shouse stated they have been arrested collectively when any person broke the window of a library and threw a flare into the constructing, however neither Parrish-Wright nor the Scotts have been concerned.

Attica Scott stated the fees towards her and her daughter have been “ridiculous.”

Police officer Larynzo Johnson, 26, pleaded not responsible on Friday to 2 counts of assault and a number of counts of wanton endangerment, stated Josh Abner, a spokesman for the Jefferson County legal professional’s workplace. He was ordered held on $1 million bail (about R17-million).