On Friday Attorney General Daniel Cameron released the long awaited audio recordings of the grand jury proceedings in the Breonna Taylor case.
The audio recordings were obtained on Friday morning by the Louisville Courier-Journal amounting to 14 audio files, amounting to 20 hours and can be listened to here. The grand jury proceedings took place from September 21-23.
No written transcripts were handed over with the audio files, making the effort to sort through the proceedings long and arduous.
Two days ago Cameron revealed that he never recommended murder or manslaughter charges to jurors during the proceedings.
Body cameras also served as a point of contention. In the recordings jurors listened to a Sept. 11 interview between Cameron’s office and Detective Tony James who said that although he was provided with a body camera, he was unaware that it did not activate after he turned it on.
Jurors also listened to the officer’s accounts on the night of the raid. Brett Hankison, the only officer charged in the case, claims cops encountered rifle fire, even though Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend, was only in possession of a handgun. The Courier-Journal reports that the lead investigator did not clear this up for the jury.
In the tapes Taylor’s neighbor named Summer Dickerson called 911 after hearing the shots. Dickerson approached an officer on the ground who told replied, “Some drug-dealing girl shot at the police.”
Jurors also listened to the interviews of Dickerson and two other neighbors who said they heard cops yell “reload” during the night of March 13.
Officers were reportedly conducting the raid to arrest Taylor’s ex-boyfriend Jamarcus Glover. Louisville Metro Police officials maintain Glover was trafficking drugs from Taylor’s apartment, even though no drugs were found on the night of the raid.
Another controversy surrounded the use of a no-knock warrant. Jeff Fogg, an investigator with the Attorney General’s office told jurors that officers knocked prior to barging into Taylor’s apartment.
Walker has repeatedly said that neither he nor Taylor heard a knock. Walker filed a civil suit against the city after he was charged with attempted murder, firing at officers who he believed were intruders. One of Walker’s bullets hit Sgt. John Mattingly in the thigh. Walker’s charges were later dropped, but he’s undoubtedly suffered immensely emotionally and mentally.
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Last week Taylor’s family urged Cameron to release the recordings for transparency. The reveal that Hankison was the only officer indicted, not relating in any way to Taylor’s sudden death on March 13 during the botched raid angered her family and the bevy of supporters who have marched for justice in Taylor’s honor.
Earlier this week a grand juror filed a motion asking for the recordings to be released, while also requesting permission to speak publicly on the case.
Cameron released a public statement after the release of the tapes:
“I’m confident that once the public listens to the recordings, they will see that our team presented a thorough case to the Jefferson County Grand Jury,” Cameron said. “Our presentation followed the facts and the evidence, and the Grand Jury was given a complete picture of the events surrounding Ms. Taylor’s death on March 13th. While it is unusual for a court to require the release of the recordings from Grand Jury proceedings, we complied with the order, rather than challenging it, so that the full truth can be heard.”
This article was originally posted on MadameNoire.com
#BreonnaTaylor: No Officers Charged In Murder Of Breonna Taylor, Twitter Is Livid
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Justice. For. Breonna. Taylor. pic.twitter.com/Zs4vl29LFN— COMMON (@common) September 23, 2020
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This long-broken justice system continues to reveal how it “serves and protects” those in power, not the people & taxpayers that it continuously victimizes while claiming to protect. This ruling regarding the murder of Breonna Taylor is just the latest example. Absolute bullshit.— Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) September 23, 2020
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I see the system won’t fight for you, so WE gotta fight for you 🙏🏾#BreonnaTaylor— Sean Don (@BigSean) September 23, 2020
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“You are beautiful.”— raf bardigang cadet (@rafaelshimunov) September 23, 2020
“We love you.”
“We are here protecting you.”
Breonna Taylor activist says to children stepping out of their homes to witness march in Louisville.
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They literally did the opposite of “say her name”. After investigating the killing of Breonna Taylor for 6 months, here is the 2-page indictment that was rendered against one officer for wanton endangerment. The indictment makes no explicit mention of her name #BreonnaTaylor pic.twitter.com/Vl90sxnhhA— Ayman (@AymanM) September 23, 2020
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Black faces in high places do not get a pass. We can’t allow McConnell’s former lawyer to misrepresent the function of a grand jury & pretend he doesn’t have authority as AG to bring charges against the officers who killed Breonna Taylor.— Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II (@RevDrBarber) September 23, 2020
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My thoughts are with the family and loved ones of Breonna Taylor today. Her loss remains immeasurable, and the continued lack of justice for her murder is inexcusable.— Stacey Abrams (@staceyabrams) September 23, 2020
We owe it to her memory to demand a justice system that recognizes #BlackLivesMatter once and for all. 1/3
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How can the Breonna Taylor grand jury reach its result? Because the officers who directly returned fire were operating under a series of SCOTUS precedents that made clashes between armed homeowners 1) lawful; 2) inevitable; and 3) unjust (short thread): https://t.co/1bLltoRLXF— David French (@DavidAFrench) September 23, 2020
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2 of the 3 officers who ended Breonna Taylor’s life will face no charges. 1 might get a slap on the wrist. The justice system is beyond broken – for Black people it never worked in the first place. It’s time to vote for transformative change. #SayHerName https://t.co/H1GJI7aAt5— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) September 23, 2020
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Breonna Taylor’s killers are getting charged for putting OTHER people at risk and damaging property, not because they murdered her while she was sleeping. there’s nothing moral/legal about that and the fact that the issue isn’t being spoken about ?? don’t gloss over this— y/n⁷ is ia most of the time (@simpyn_) September 23, 2020
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Contrast the state’s attitude toward Breonna Taylor, who was *suspected* of involvement in street-level drug trafficking, with its attitude toward the bankers, when evidence exists tying them directly to multi-national drug cartels. https://t.co/JQZJZY90l5— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) September 23, 2020
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So they charged one officer with shooting into the neighbouring apartment of Breonna Taylor but NOT for actually killing Breonna?— dvsn ÷ (@dvsn) September 23, 2020
This the Most disrespectful outcome.
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Did I hear that correctly? Only one officer is being held remotely accountable and it's not for killing #BreonnaTaylor but instead for shooting apartments? It's never been clearer that this country considers property more valuable than Black life. https://t.co/um5E19D1pj— Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (@RepRashida) September 23, 2020
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To be VERY CLEAR:— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) September 23, 2020
NO POLICE OFFICERS were charged with the murder of #BreonnaTaylor.
Breonna Taylor had nothing to do with even the frivolous indictment.
Ponder on that. Miscarriage of justice.
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This is another example of how our broken, racist justice system doesn't value Black lives.— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) September 23, 2020
Breonna Taylor deserves better than this. We won't give up until there is true justice. https://t.co/0ri1JnT0YM
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Right now, Black parents all around our country are having another version of 'the talk'. They’re having to explain to their children that despite the broken and inhumane system, that their lives do matter. Tonight, I am praying for each of us and our nation. #BreonnaTaylor— Martin Luther King III (@OfficialMLK3) September 23, 2020
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What happened today was not justice. Financial compensation won’t change that. One fall guy won’t change that. Breonna was murdered. Every one of the officers involved should be prosecuted for THAT crime.— sa-roc (@sarocthemc) September 23, 2020
justice for Breonna Taylor. pic.twitter.com/0bkEuVg732
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