In the continuing fallout from the death of Breonna Taylor, shot by police during a late-night raid on her apartment in Louisville, the office of Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Monday it would release grand jury transcripts related to the case after one of the jurors petitioned a judge to allow the records to be made public. But many Black residents of Louisville appear to view Cameron, who is Black, as an obstacle to justice in the case.
- That is who you are, Daniel Cameron. You are a coward, you are a sellout, and you were used by the system to harm your own mama. Your own Black mama. We have no respect for you.
- I understand that as a black man, how painful this is. Which is why it was so incredibly important for make sure that we did everything we possibly could to uncover every fact.
- [CHANTING] Say her name.
- Breonna Taylor.
- Say her name.
- He is a Black man. He's a Black man first. And he did not do justice to a Black woman, and that's what we're saying. We don't like Daniel Cameron. All skinfolk is not kinfolk.
- Personally, I'm a democrat. So even if I vote straight ticket, he didn't get my vote. I know there are some undercover people who actually voted for this man, and they are humiliated and embarrassed to admit that they voted because of the color of his skin. You reap what you sow. Now we lying in the bed that we voted for as a community. Now they know who he is. He has shown his true colors.
- His decision and his Grand Jury reflected the right-wing agenda of dehumanizing communities of color, and dehumanizing the vast majority of us.
- Is he Black? I think the TV just had a darker tone on it. I think that's what it is. Because anytime you're a Black man, you have a Black son that you advertise when you ran for attorney general and you've never tried a case. You worked as a law clerk for Mitch McConnell at Brandeis Law School. You have been pushing out the books for Mitch and the rest of the system, but you know nothing about being Black.
- Unfortunately, he is very much like many others who have sold out our communities over and over again.
- Somebody's got to have dialogue with him about issues. And I don't want to miss that opportunity if I can have it.
DANIEL CAMERON: According to Kentucky law, the use of force by Mattingly and Cosgrove was justified to protect themselves. This justification bars us from pursuing criminal charges in Miss Breonna Taylor's death.
- Rightfully so, people have been totally crushed by that decision. But with that said, the next step, and that's this FBI investigation to look into, was Breonna Taylor's civil rights violated? From the starting part of putting together a warrant to take to a judge, to get an execution on a raid, to the time that she lost her life on the early morning of March 13, and in the aftermath of that. That's the FBI's task right now.
- So I think justice will be served down the road.
- And we're not going home until they get justice.
- You know, we're part of showing up for racial justice. White people all over the country who are joining in a movement for Black Lives, to say that we want a better future for all of our babies. For all of our communities. And justice for Breonna Taylor is a crucial part of that.