Breonna Taylor: Calls mount for more information on grand jury’s decision-making


Calls are mounting from activists and politicians for more information on how a grand jury decided not to charge Louisville police officers in the killing of Breonna Taylor, who as fatally shot as police raided her home in March.

As protests and anger over the outcome continued to rise on Thursday, Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D) reiterated his calls for Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) to post online whatever he can from his investigation without interfering with the pending criminal case against one ex-officer – who is charged with endangering neighbours the night Taylor died.

Democratic Senate candidate Amy McGrath said Cameron “needs to release the grand jury report now.”

Cameron has said releasing such information could interfere with ongoing investigations.

Here are some significant developments:

  • A suspect has been charged in the Wednesday night shooting of two police officers, police announced. One injured officer has been released, while the other is in stable condition, authorities said Thursday.
  • A turbulent night in Louisville resulted in the arrest of 127 people, according to a police spokesman.
  • Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer (D) said Thursday afternoon that he was extending a curfew through the weekend amid protests following a grand jury’s decision.
  • Taylor’s family members, in their first public comments after the grand jury decision, expressed dismay that no police officers face homicide charges. They will speak at a news conference Friday morning, their attorneys said.
  • Police have killed 1,010 Americans in the past year. Despite the unpredictable events that lead to fatal shootings, police nationwide have shot and killed almost the same number of people each year — nearly 1,000 — since The Washington Post began tracking these numbers in 2015.
  • Sen. Tim Scott — the lone Black Republican in the Senate — said he is “disappointed that the only charge brought was completely unrelated to Ms. Taylor’s death.” In Congress, Democrats have been the loudest critics of the charging decision.

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