Amid controversy, Daniel Cameron says he will follow a court order and release a recording of the grand jury proceedings in Breonna Taylor’s case.
On Monday, Judge Ann Bailey Smith ordered the release of the recording as former Louisville Metro Police Department cop Brett Hankison, one of the three officers involved in Taylor’s March 13 killing, pleaded not guilty to three counts of wanton endangerment.
“All discovery documents shall be filed in the court file and not just between the parties. Additionally, the recording of the grand jury proceedings shall be filed in the court file by noon on Wednesday of this week,” Smith was quoted saying via WDRB.
Cameron, who presented evidence to the grand jury in Taylor’s case, released a statement later that day confirming he will obey Smith’s orders and will release the audio on Wednesday.
However, he makes it clear that he believes “the Grand Jury is meant to be a secretive body” and that he and his team “stand by our belief that such a release could compromise the ongoing federal investigation and could have unintended consequences such as poisoning the jury pool.”
Cameron says the release of the recording will also address a legal complaint filed by an anonymous grand juror.
In the filing obtained by the Louisville Courier Journal on Monday, the juror demanded the release of the transcripts so that “the truth may prevail,” and asked a judge to allow them and the fellow jurors to relinquish their confidential status.
The motion also accused Cameron of using the grand jurors “as a shield to deflect accountability and responsibility for those decisions.”
Despite these allegations, Cameron says he and his team are “confident in the case we presented.”
“Once the public listens to the recording, they will see that over the course of two-and-a-half days, our team presented a thorough and complete case to the Grand Jury,” his statement said.
Last Wednesday, the grand jury declined to file murder charges against any of the officers involved in Taylor’s killing. They did, however, charge Hankison for firing shots into an apartment near Taylor’s.
At a press conference that day, Cameron said officers Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove were “justified in returning fire,” as he said Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker “admitted that he fired one shot and was the first to shoot.”
On Friday, at a different press conference in Louisville, Kentucky, a statement from Taylor’s mother Tamika Palmer was read that criticized “inexperienced” Cameron.
“I never had faith in Daniel Cameron to begin with. I knew he was too inexperienced to deal with the job of this caliber. I knew he had already chosen to be on the wrong side of the law,” it stated.
“I knew Cameron would never do his job. But what I do know is that him and countless others will go to bed sleeping with Breonna’s face... Cameron alone didn’t fail her. But [the] lack of investigation failed her.”