KENTUCKY — As protests continued for their tenth day on Saturday in Louisville, Kentucky's top law enforcement official is speaking out about his support of peaceful protests in the Commonwealth.
Spectrum News 1 spoke with Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) about several topics and first we wanted to know what he thinks of the protests.
"I am in full support of peaceful protests. Obviously, there has been some violent strands thave been within and have tried to hijack some of these protests and I'm glad that the peaceful folks have differentiated themselves from these violent strands," explains Cameron.
It's been well documented that Kentucky's 51st Attorney General is not only the first Republican elected to the office since 1944, but he is also the first African-American to hold the position in Kentucky's history.
And with tensions running high across the state and ongoing protests in many Kentucky communities, Cameron says he wants to become a leading voice to improve relationships between local communities and law enforcement officers here in Kentucky.
"As a black man who sits in the Attorney General's office as the Chief Law Enforcement officer, here in the Commonwealth, I want to be a productive part of that conversation as someone who has strong relationships across the spectrum. So it is incumbent that I be a part of the solution here on how we grow together as a better society and community. That's my prayer that we will be able to be in a better position, once we get through this patch of unrest and peaceful protesting," adds Cameron.
The protests in Kentucky, and especially Louisville, have focused on the shooting of Breonna Taylor. We asked for an update on the investigation into the case.
"Well, there is no set timeline but what I've told people and will continue to tell people is that we're going to move as quickly as possible. We recognize the importance of getting information out there to citizens here in the Commonwealth and particularly to the folks in Louisville. So, we're going to do that as quickly as we possibly can. I've said since taking the oath of Attorney General while I was campaigning, that I'm going to apply the law fairly and equally. I think that's what the folks expect of this office and that's what I'm certainly going to do," says Cameron.
Lastly, we asked Cameron about asking Kentucky lawmakers to consider making changes to the law giving a govneror emergency powers.
"We need to look at ways in which the General Assembly has some role to play in discussing and outlying the duration of an emergency declaration. We are 1 of 16 states that does not have any limitation or end date for an emergency declaration, so that's one of the things that the General Assembly should look into next year. I also think it's important that we also balance the constitutional rights of our citizens versus the health concerns of keeping our folks safe....so, I want to make sure that we have a framework in place that respects the health concerns that are obviously legitimate but also respects the constitutional rights and also addresses some of the arbitrariness that we saw with some of the orders that were issued during this period time, " explains Cameron.