FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX19) - Gov. Andy Beshear called on Attorney General Daniel Cameron to release evidence gathered during the investigation into Breonna Taylor’s death.
The governor’s request came just hours after Cameron announced a Kentucky grand jury had chosen to indict one of three officers in connection with the Taylor case.
That officer, Louisville Metro PD Det. Brett Hankinson, faces three counts of wanton endangerment arising from the raid in which Taylor, 26, died earlier this year.
The charges account for 10 rounds Hankinson shot into neighboring apartments after Taylor’s boyfriend fired a shot at the officers. Cameron said Hankinson and the other officers, Sgt. Jon Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove, were protected from criminal liability because they were justified in defending themselves.
The raid on Taylor’s residence came after a ‘no-knock’ warrant was issued connected to a drug investigation for a suspect who did not live there. Cameron said Wednesday, drawing from interviews with officers and one of Taylor’s neighbors, that his investigation found officers did in fact knock on Taylor’s door.
Cameron said evidence showed Mattingly fired six shots and Cosgrove fired 16 shots. He also said the FBI lab confirmed the fatal shot came from Cosgrove despite the Kentucky State Police lab saying it was not clear who fired it.
Wednesday afternoon, Beshear credited Cameron for not “shying away” from conflicting evidence unearthed by the investigation. At the same time, he called on Cameron to release the investigation’s evidence, including witness interviews and ballistic reports, which Beshear described as “tools” to help the public understand how the investigation proceeded as we;l as move conversations about equity and policy forward.
Beshear said Cameron should release all evidence that would not impact the felony counts against Hankinson.
“Everyone can and should be informed, and those that are currently feeling frustration and feeling hurt, they deserve to know more,” the governor said. “I trust Kentuckians. They deserve to see the facts for themselves.”
Beshear also said Cameron should disclose the racial and demographic makeup of the grand jury.