A grand juror in the Breonna Taylor case contends that the Kentucky attorney general misrepresented the panel’s deliberations and failed to offer the option of indicting the two officers who fatally shot Taylor, according to the juror’s lawyer. The juror filed a court motion on Monday seeking the release of last week’s transcripts and permission from a judge to speak publicly to set the record straight. Hours later, the office of Attorney General Daniel Cameron granted both requests, saying that the juror is free to speak and that recordings of the session will be made public, the New York Times reports. “This is something where the juror is not seeking any fame, any acclaim, any money,” said the juror’s attorney, Kevin Glogower.
Glogower said the juror came to him after Cameron repeatedly said at a news conference that the law did not permit him to charge Sgt. Jon Mattingly and Detective Myles Cosgrove, the two white officers who shot Taylor, a Black woman, after one officer was shot by her boyfriend — and that the jury had agreed with him. Glogower said the juror was unsettled by the fact that the grand jury was not allowed to charge the two officers at a time when the community has been roiled by demonstrations seeking their indictment. The 12-member panel was presented only with possible charges for Detective Brett Hankison, who was fired in June. Hankison was accused of behaving recklessly when he ran into the parking lot and began shooting through Taylor’s patio door, bullets flying into a neighbor’s apartment. Legal experts had warned that Kentucky’s strong self-defense laws made it unlikely Mattingly and Cosgrove would be indicted because Taylor’s boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, had fired first during the police raid on her apartment. He had mistaken the officers for an intruder.