The family of Breonna Taylor, as well as Tina Knowles Lawson, have choice words for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron after photos from his engagement party went viral.
On Tuesday, Lawson posted the controversial snaps, and brought up the allegation that when Taylor’s mother Tamika Palmer asked to speak with Cameron about her daughter’s March 13 killing, he had someone else take the call.
“When he ran for office, there are a lot of Black people that were excited and thought, ‘Oh my God. Maybe we have a fair chance now because it will be a Black man in this position! He will be fair and unbiased towards Black people.’ They voted for him. Well, that’s why it’s important to educate yourself on people who are running for office,” Lawson wrote.
Though Lawson has “no problem with who he marries,” she doesn’t “understand his actions,” which include not yet charging the officers who fatally shot Taylor after they entered her Louisville apartment in plainclothes.
“And where are their masks?” Lawson added, as it does not appear that any guests at Cameron’s event were wearing face coverings.
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I was shocked to learn that the attorney general for Kentucky is a 34 year old black man. A republican . When Breonna’s Mother Tamika asked to speak with him , he had someone else call her. ! 💔💔 When he ran for office there are a lot of Black people that were excited and thought oh my God maybe we have a fair chance now because it will be a black man in this position ! He will be fair and unbiased towards Black people. They voted for him. Well That’s why it’s important to educate yourself on people who are running for office . I have no problem with who he marries , that is his personal business. That is not what this post is about ! I just don’t understand his actions !!! And where are their masks ?
According to TMZ on Wednesday, sources close to Taylor’s family are also “outraged” and “disappointed” by the party pictures.
The family confirmed the allegation discussed by Lawson, explaining that Cameron reportedly “avoided” speaking to Palmer and had someone else from his office talk to her over the phone.
While Cameron said last month that his office “is undertaking a thorough and fair investigation” into Taylor’s death, Taylor’s family is taking matters into their own hands and pursuing their own examination.
The outlet also reports that Taylor’s family “has lost confidence in [Cameron] bringing about justice.”
In mid-June, Lawson’s daughter, Beyoncé, penned an open letter to Cameron, demanding that he bring criminal charges against the officers, “commit to transparency in the investigation and prosecution of these officers’ criminal conduct,” and “investigate the LMPD’s response to Breonna Taylor’s murder” in addition to other practices that have resulted “in the repeated deaths of unarmed black citizens.”
The following week, it was announced that Detective Brett Hankison, who shot 10 rounds into Taylor’s apartment, had been fired from the Louisville Metro Police Department.