Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear on Wednesday urged the state attorney general to release evidence presented to the grand jury that cleared three Louisville cops of criminality for the police killing of Breonna Taylor — as he braced for civil unrest.
Beshear, a former state prosecutor, spoke just hours after Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced that two of the officers who shot and killed Taylor on March 13 were justified — and a third, who has since been fired, is only charged with “wantonly” firing his weapon.
The governor suggested Cameron now post ballistics reports and other evidence presented to the 12-member panel so that residents “can truly read them and process them.”
“I think having more of the facts out there so people can see, people can truly process it, is where we need to be,” Beshear said during a press briefing. “The attorney general spoke today about the truth. I agree our commitment is to the truth. I just ask him to provide more of the tools for everyone to be able to evaluate and to determine what that truth is.”
Cameron announced earlier in the day that the grand jury had charged one ex-cop involved in the shooting, Brett Hankison, with wanton endangerment because bullets he fired in the raid hit neighbors’ apartments.
The two other officers involved in the botched raid — Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly and officer Myles Cosgrove — were justified in opening fire because Taylor’s boyfriend fired at the officers first, hitting Mattingly in the leg, Cameron said.
Taylor, a 26-year-old EMT, was sleeping when police burst into the apartment. She was struck five times and killed.
Meanwhile, the governor activated the state police and national guard to try and keep peace in the quickly unravelling city.