A second grand juror in the Breonna Taylor case wants to go public about the secret proceedings that cleared cops of wrongdoing in the 26-year-old EMT’s death.
The unidentified juror has sought legal advice on how to speak out amid claims that Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron misled the public when he announced that the panel cleared three Louisville cops in Taylor’s March 13 police shooting death, CNN reported.
The revelation comes just eight days after another member of the grand jury filed a court motion asking for permission to go public.
The grand jury indicted one of the cops, Detective Brett Hankison, on charges he “wantonly” endangered neighbors by firing his gun and striking a nearby apartment — but cleared Hankison and two other cops, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, of any crimes for causing Taylor’s death.
Cameron later conceded he did not request that the panel consider homicide charges in the case — prompting the backlash from the first juror.
“The full story and absolute truth of how this matter was handled from beginning to end is now an issue of great public interest and has become a large part of the discussion of public trust throughout the country,” that juror’s attorney, Kevin Glogower, wrote.
Cameron has until Wednesday to respond to the juror’s request to speak out, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said.
Grand jury proceedings are secret, and in the case involving Taylor, the 12-member panel met at an undisclosed location for security reasons.
But now, community activist Christopher 2X, head of the Louisville-based nonprofit group Game Changers, said he’s been approached by a second member of the grand jury who also wants to go public — but is so far fearful about doing so.
Glogower said this week he hoped his anonymous client’s “bravery” has inspired the second juror to come forward.
“Our team will support them in any way possible,” he told the outlet.
Meanwhile, Christopher 2X said his group has met with the FBI and is pushing for a civil rights investigation into Taylor’s death.
“I feel there’s no way in the last week and a few days that we can get a level of comfort and trust in this community until we can have real live individuals who studied this situation as it relates to their civic duty,” he said, according to CNN.
Taylor was shot dead when Louisville cops burst into her apartment while she slept, prompting her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, to open fire.
Walker later said he didn’t know the intruders were cops, while the officers claim they announced themselves first.
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