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Breonna Taylor jurors: Louisville police 'didn't know what they were doing'

Breonna Taylor jurors: Louisville police ‘didn’t know what they were doing’

10/29/2020 4:15:00 AM

Breonna Taylor jurors: Louisville police ‘didn’t know what they were doing’

Two grand jurors in the Breonna Taylor case said Wednesday that they believed three Louisville , Ky., police officers acted with negligence when they fired into Taylor’s apartment during a botched raid that left the 26-year-old woman dead.

, prosecutors are supposed to offer legal advice to jurors and draft indictments when requested, was highly controlled and seemed to be steered toward a specific result.“It seemed to me that they deliberately did [the proceedings] backwards or sideways,” Juror Two said. “When we got to the end and only heard that they were going to offer three charges, there was an uproar.” The two jurors declined to go into detail about the other jurors and declined to elaborate on what specific charges they thought should have been filed.

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Story continuesAt a Sept. 23 press conference, Cameron said that a grand jury had declined to bring homicide charges against the three Louisville police officers. Cameron said Mattingly and Cosgrove were justified in the shooting because they fired in self-defense after Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired a warning shot “at

the ground,” believing intruders were at the apartment. The bullet wounded Mattingly in the leg.Both jurors, however, said the raid itself was poorly planned, exhibited a disregard for proper police procedure and showed a lack of leadership.“They didn't know what they were doing,” Juror One said.

Attorney Kevin Glogower. Credit: Reuters TVJuror Two listed off actions from the officers that he believes constituted negligence. Cosgrove, Juror Two said, fired16 shots, which was excessive. “Some of those bullets went into other apartments.” The officer who was hit, Mattingly, re-entered the line of fire after he was shot and didn’t have a “line of sight” for the shooter, Juror Two said. As for Hankison, Juror Two said it “was very obvious” that he couldn’t see inside the apartment. “So his actions were negligent and wanton endangerment.”

Walker has said that he and Taylor did not hear the police announce themselves and repeatedly asked who was at the door.Both jurors said they did not believe Walker knew that police were at the door to the apartment that night. Juror Two later said he had issues with the officers’ accounts of the shooting to Louisville Metro Police investigators and felt that Walker’s testimony was “more truthful.”

“I get the impression that [Walker] did holler out, ‘who is it?’” Juror Two said. “His shot was to warn, it was not to kill. He aimed down. Everything he said and the way that he said it, I felt, was believable.”The officers, on the other hand, did not seem as credible to Juror Two. “I had problems believing what they were saying,” he said. “Particularly when most of them were saying they either blanked out, or dazed out, or they were confused and they couldn’t remember. There were way too many holes in it to make their stories believable.”

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron addresses the media following the return of a grand jury investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor, in Frankfort, Ky., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (Timothy D. Easley/AP)The jurors also said that Cameron was dishonest in how he portrayed the outcome of the grand jury deliberations during the press conference on Sept. 23, which played a role in the jurors deciding to come forward.

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The jurors said they wanted Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, to know the truth.“We never met Cameron,” Juror Two said. “We were never given the opportunity to deliberate on any other charges other than the ones against Hankison. We felt that there [were] probably more charges that could have been brought. But his statement was just false all the way around. We didn't agree with anything he had to say, [because] we never saw him.”

Yahoo News reached out to Cameron’s office for comment but did not receive a response at the time of publication.The jurors’ comments come as attorneys for Taylor’s familyanother prosecutor to take on the case.“I think that would be the proper way to proceed,” Juror One said.

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