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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

4 Moments From The Breonna Taylor Announcement That Have Us Still Side-Eyeing Daniel Cameron

No one is being charged for shooting and killing Breonna Taylor.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron took the stage Wednesday afternoon shortly after charges were announced against Det. Brett Hankison. As Blavity previously reported, a grand jury indicted Hankinson on three counts of wanton endangerment in the first degree in relation to the March 13 police shooting that left Taylor dead.  These charges are based on shots fired by Hankison that entered into a neighboring apartment. No charges were announced against Det. Myles Cosgrove or Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, the other two officers who were present and fired the bullets that actually hit and killed Taylor.

The shuttering of government buildings and boarding up of other storefronts in Louisville on Monday made it apparent the city knew Wednesday's announcement would be exacerbated. Cameron's presser solidified this when he played his Black card and made reference to a political "narrative" driving public upset around Taylor's death. 

The Attorney General faced a barrage of criticism since Taylor's killing as he seemingly dragged his feet in the investigation while appearing to leverage the high-profile case to raise his star within the Republican Party. With all this pressure, Cameron tried to balance explaining the grand jury and his own conclusions with showing respect and empathy for those who angrily disagree with those conclusions.

In the end, Cameron’s press conference failed. Here’s why:



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