The demands for the appointment of a special prosecutor come over a week after the attorney general’s office announced the grand jury charged only former Louisville Metro Police Department (LMPD) officer Brett Hankison with three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree. There were no charges directly related to Taylor’s death.
On Friday, the attorney general's office released about 15 hours of recordings from the grand jury following a judge's order. Harrison claims the recordings show the case presented to the grand jury was biased.
“It gives the grand jury the perception through the law enforcement investigators’ eyes. It’s a police narrative, the entire grand jury proceeding with the narrative of the LMPD officers that were on the scene that night,” said Harrison, who also hosts Louisville's "Urban Voices" radio show.
He also said the most “egregious acts” were that Cameron didn’t include a look at the approval process to obtain the search warrant within his office’s criminal investigation. Cameron has stated that investigating how the search warrant was obtained is being handled by the FBI’s investigation.
In an interview last Saturday, University of Louisville law professor Sam Marcosson told Spectrum News 1 he was surprised the attorney general’s office didn’t examine the process of how the warrant was obtained for Breonna Taylor’s apartment.
Marcosson said a look at that process would have been for the purposes of, for example, state perjury charges, specifically a look at the affidavit that was executed to obtain the warrant in the first place.
“One of the primary questions that will need to be asked is how soon are they going to look into that phase of the case since the attorney general admitted that he didn’t look into it at all? And if he didn’t look into it, and then the Department of Justice and the FBI don’t look into it, then essentially the process of obtaining the warrant will have gotten a free pass. So that’s an important question that will need to be asked of the federal government. What did you do? And how did you do it? And what was the nature of your investigation? And what did you find, when it came to how the warrant itself was obtained,” Marcosson said.
Attorney Ben Crump, part of Breonna Taylor’s family’s legal team, posted on Facebook Saturday, demanding a new special prosecutor. He included a link to a pre-made open letter for people to send to Gov. Andy Beshear that states, in part, “We demand a new grand jury to reopen Breonna Taylor's case, immediately.”
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Additionally, Louisville-based attorneys Sam Aguiar and Lonita Baker, on the legal team with Crump, posted on Facebook Saturday, encouraging people to sign a new Change.org petition to the Kentucky Prosecutors Advisory Council asking a new prosecutor be appointed for the case.
The petition, started on Friday, seeks 5,000 signatures. As of Sunday afternoon, it had over 60 percent of that goal.
Harrison also claimed Sunday that there is bias in the case presented to the grand jury because when Cameron ran for attorney general, he was endorsed by the Kentucky Fraternal Order of Police, the police union for police officers in Kentucky.
“When you have law enforcement under investigation, possibly under criminal charges, an attorney general that represents the FOP should not be heading the investigation," Harrison said.
Kentucky’s only Black female legislator Attica Scott (D-Louisville), who was arrested along with other protesters in downtown Louisville last week, also spoke at Sunday’s press conference.
She said she can guarantee that Kentucky’s legislature doesn’t have any plans to put pressure on the attorney general’s office to appoint a special prosecutor to re-examine the case. Rep. Scott said she will continue to support the public’s call for a special prosecutor, though.