Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron responds to ‘repugnant’ critics, defends his handling of the Breonna Taylor case
Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron insisted he led with the facts in his handling of the Breonna Taylor case
After months of being publicly slammed, Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is directly addressing his critics whose disdain for him has only been heightened since the grand jury decision in the Breonna Taylor case was announced.
Last month, Cameron, who has been heavily scrutinized for being the state’s first Black AG but seemingly not showing urgency in Taylor’s case, announced that the jury had decided not to pursue murder charges against the three Louisville police officers implicated in Taylor’s killing.
Since then, a court has ruled that the content of the grand jury proceedings, which are usually kept secret, should be made public. Although Cameron, whose office led the investigation did not object to the file’s release, Wednesday, his office asked for a week’s extension to edit out personal information from the material. In response, the judge gave him two days.
“Daniel Cameron is no different than the sellout negroes that sold our people into slavery and helped White men to capture our people, to abuse them, and to traffic them while our women were raped, while our men were raped by savages,” Women’s March co-founder Tamika Mallory said in the aftermath of the grand jury decision.
Thursday, in an appearance on Tucker Carlson Tonight, the Black Republican defended his actions, explaining, “It is so unfortunate… because I led with the facts and the truth and had that lead to the conclusion.”
“It is repugnant, it is so disappointing, but it’s par for the course,” he said of his naysayers. “Anytime someone stands for the truth, and when that truth is different from a narrative that has been pushed by others, this is how they respond.”
“Black Republicans, folks that believe in the truth … we are going to stand up. That’s what I did in presenting all of the information to the grand jury in the Breonna Taylor investigation, and that is what I’m charged to do,” he continued. “The tragedy is that Breonna Taylor… was hit. But the tragedy doesn’t allow for me to not present facts and truth — and that’s what we’ve done here.”
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