• Rueben Vargas

Recordings of Breonna Taylor Grand Jury Proceedings Released

Selfie of the late Breonna Taylor.

Fifteen hours of audiotaped recordings of grand jury proceedings in the ongoing Breonna Taylor case were release Friday, Oct. 1st. As reported by the Courier Journal, the incident was so chaotic and fatal one neighbor likened it to O.K. Corral.

The recordings confirm that the March 13th incident was a botched LMPD drug raid on Taylor’s residence. In the chaos that ensued, Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker opened fired on police officers who did not announce themselves as LMPD. What followed was a hail of 32 bullets, six of which struck and fatally wounded Taylor. In an interview with local news channel WDRB on Wednesday, Sept. 29th, Jefferson County Prosecutor David Cameron stated the reason why only one of the three officers involved was brought up on charges. Cameron’s justification for not pressing charges against Det. Myles Cosgrove and Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly was because they were fired upon by Walker. The remaining officer, Det. Myles Cosgrove, was not justified in his actions and therefore charged with wanton recklessness. None of the officers were charged with homicide since the prosecutor’s office saw the raid as justified.

The Courier Journal reported several unannounced details from the recordings. Among them was how the initial raid was not planned past what was drawn up on a whiteboard. An LMPD officer claimed that the warrant was executed as a “knock-and-announce” while neighbors on the scene stated that none of the officers announced themselves as LMPD. Bodycam footage was also rushed through, despite protest from the grand jury. There exists 3 hours and 40 minutes of redacted content from what was released to the public on Friday. “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 in a statement upon the release of the recordings. Local community and civil rights advocates are calling for a special prosecutor to be appointed to the case considering the new information the recordings reveal.

Prosecutor Daniel Cameron is heavily involved with the Republican Party, both locally and nationally. Cameron is Kentucky’s first Black prosecutor and served as legal counsel for Sen. Mitch McConnell’s office. Cameron also spoke at the RNC in August where he spoke out against Vice President Biden and his statements against the Black community. Cameron was also on Trump’s short list to replace the late Justice Ginsberg. This was before Amy Coney Barrett was announced as his eventual nominee.