A major juror in the Breonna Taylor case is requesting the release of records and transcripts of the trial so that “the truth will prevail” after the panel decided to indict just one of the three police officers involved in the botched drug attack that led to her death .
The lawsuit, filed on Monday by an unnamed juror who wishes to remain anonymous, also calls for juries to speak freely about the case.
“There is an overriding public interest in seeing these trials published on a scale that the city and the Commonwealth have never seen before and that cannot be confined to the whole country,” the court documents read. “The citizens of the Commonwealth have shown that they do not believe in the process and procedures on this matter and in the judicial system itself.”
Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron announced last week that a Jefferson County grand jury had declined to indict two Louisville police officers in connection with Taylor’s death in a botched drug attack on March 13 at their Louisville home.
Brett Hankison – the third officer released in June – is charged with allegedly shooting into a nearby housing unit. He pleaded not guilty on Monday.
The lack of criminal charges met with outcry and another wave of protests. The city imposed a curfew at 9 p.m. for several days, which expired on Monday morning.
During his announcement, Cameron said the jury agreed that Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Det. Myles Cosgrove were justified in their actions. Taylor was shot six times when officials opened fire after her boyfriend first shot at police during an untapped execution. Taylor’s friend said he believed the officers were intruders.
“The attorney general made many statements publicly related to what the grand jury heard and decisions based on the testimony of certain witnesses,” the court document reads. “He kept putting these decisions at the feet of the grand jury while not answering certain questions about the charges presented. Cameron tried to make it clear that the grand jury made decisions about who and what to charge them based on the evidence presented alone . “
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“The interest of the individual great jurors is parallel to the public, but also expresses itself in fears of persecution, condemnation, retribution and torture. Unfortunately, they cannot hide behind a person, an office of persons,” the statement continues.
The file says Cameron chose his speech carefully.
“Now he has a different choice in his answer. Choose the truth,” the document reads. “Choose justice. Together, Kentucky.”
Taylor’s family lawyers last week urged Cameron to release the grand jury’s transcripts in order to get the full body of evidence he presented.