The anonymous grand jurors from the Breonna Taylor case are revealing more details about the proceedings — which they say “was a betrayal.”
In an interview with Gayle King on “CBS This Morning,” the two men continued to slam Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and his office for only presenting them with the option to indict Louisville Metro Police Department Detective Brett Hankison on certain charges.
“It was a betrayal,” Juror No. 2 said. “They didn’t give us the charges up front… when they gave us all of that testimony, over 20-something hours, and then to say that these are the only charges that they’re coming up with, it’s like, ‘Well, what did we just sit through?’”
The grand jurors decided to come forward with the truth after Cameron gave a press conference last month saying that if they “wanted to make an assessment about different charges, they could have done that.”
Juror No. 1 said that press conference was the “first time” he heard any mention of “six possible murder charges.” He added, “It was not presented to us.”
“This was all Cameron,” said Juror No. 2. “This was up to him. We didn’t get a choice in that at all, so I was livid. By the time I heard what he was saying, everything that came out of his mouth, I was saying, ‘Liar.’”
The jurors also believed that Kenneth Walker, Taylor’s boyfriend, truly did not know that the police were at his door. Once he fired a warning shot at the officers — after thinking they were intruders — the cops returned fire with 32 bullets.
“He didn’t know who it was that was coming in, you know? He had no idea,” Juror No. 2 said. “Everything about what he said was believable. It made sense all the way through.”
The jurors believe LMPD “covered” up their mistakes the night Taylor was killed. “From the evidence that I heard, this thing started out downhill to begin with… You don’t need seven cops to go up to somebody’s door and knock on it and say you know, ‘We’re here to do an investigation,’ at one in the morning,” Juror No. 2 said. “It was one mistake right after the other one… They covered it up. That’s the evidence that I saw. And I felt like there should have been lots more charges on them.”