Breonna Taylor jury recordings delayed to Friday

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Breonna Taylor jury recordings delayed to Friday

Wednesday, September 30, 2020

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LOUISVILLE, Kentucky (AP) — A Kentucky judge delayed until Friday the release of secret grand jury proceedings in Breonna Taylor's killing by police, according to the state attorney general's office.

Audio recordings of the proceedings were originally supposed to be released Wednesday. Attorney General Daniel Cameron's office asked a Louisville court for a week's delay, so it could redact the names of witnesses and personal information such as addresses and phone numbers.

On Wednesday, a judge granted a shorter delay, giving the attorney general until noon on Friday, said Elizabeth Kuhn, Cameron's spokeswoman.

Cameron's office sought the delay “in the interest of protection of witnesses, and in particular private citizens named in the recordings,” according to its legal motion Wednesday. The recordings are 20 hours long.

Taylor was shot and killed in her Louisville home by police who were executing a narcotics warrant in March. The grand jury decided this month not to charge any of the police officers involved with her death; instead, one officer was charged with shooting into a neighbouring home.

That decision angered many, and protesters took to the streets in Louisville and around the countryto demand accountability for her killing, as frustrations spilled overafter months of waiting for Cameron's announcement. Activists and Taylor's family called for the grand jury file to be released.

One of two Louisville police officers shot during protests last week called for law enforcement, protesters and other city residents to work together to move forward.

Maj. Aubrey Gregory, who was shot in the hip, returned to light duty earlier this week. He said fellow officer Robinson Desroches, who was shot in the abdomen, is still “in a lot of pain” and faces a longer recovery. Gregory said he doesn't blame all protesters for the actions of the gunman.

“If we can't come together to find solutions, then we're not going anywhere,” Gregory said. “Violence has never been the answer and never will be."

Authorities arrested 26-year-old Larynzo Johnson in the officer shootings, charging him with two counts of first-degree assault on a police officer and 14 counts of wanton endangerment. Johnson has pleaded not guilty.

Facing questions about the grand jury this week, Cameronacknowledgedthat he did not recommend homicide charges for the offices involved. Instead, he only recommended one of the officers be indicted, for the wanton endangerment of Taylor's neighbours.


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