*Daniel Cameron is being guarded by armed security after citing “detailed threats against the attorney general, his wife and members of his family,” in the wake of his handling of the Breonna Taylor case.
“The attorney general’s protective detail determined that given the credibility of such threats, additional personnel and resources were needed to provide the appropriate level of security,” Elizabeth Kuhn, a spokeswoman for Cameron, said in a statement Wednesday morning.
“Because of the sensitive nature of the threats, we cannot provide further information.”
The $300,000 retroactive security contract was approved by legislators and began at the end of August and ends on Dec. 31, Yahoo reports.
A grand juror from the Breonna Taylor case has come forward to say jurors were ‘never given the opportunity’ to deliberate homicide charges. Contrast that with AG Daniel Cameron’s RNC speech pic.twitter.com/9ZaoMFkgiW
— NowThis (@nowthisnews) October 21, 2020
Following news that a judge ruled that members of the grand jury can speak publicly about the case, Cameron is standing by his work as Special Prosecutor.
Cameron claims he did not offer the grand jury the option to indict the officers on charges related to Taylor’s death in her own home. As reported by TMZ, he made the decision to present charges “that could be proven under Kentucky law.”
He also says he disagrees with the judge’s decision to allow an anonymous grand juror to speak publicly about the proceedings, but he’s not going to appeal, the report states.
The juror in question claims Cameron misrepresented the case. Check out the statement below, per Complex:
“Being one of the jurors on the Breonna Taylor case was a learning experience. The three weeks of service leading up to that presentation showed how the grand jury normally operates. The Breonna Taylor case was quite different. After hearing the Attorney General Daniel Cameron’s press conference, and with my duty as a grand juror being over, my duty as a citizen compelled action. The grand jury was not presented any charges other than the three wanton endangerment charges against Detective Hankison. The grand jury did not have homicide offenses explained to them. The grand jury never heard anything about those laws. Self defense or justification was never explained either. Questions were asked about additional charges and the grand jury was told there would be non because the prosecutors didn’t feel they could make them stick. The grand jury didn’t agree that certain actions were justified, nor did it decide the indictment should be the only charges in the Breonna Taylor case. The grand jury was not given the opportunity to deliberate on those charges and deliberated only on what was presented to them. I cannot speak for other juror, but I can help the truth be told.”
— Gabe Gutierrez (@gabegutierrez) October 20, 2020
On Tuesday, Cameron posted a statement on Twitter about the judge’s decision involving the anonymous Grand Juror, check out the tweet below.
My statement on the Judge’s decision today in the case involving the anonymous Grand Juror: pic.twitter.com/47mWaPzbah
— Attorney General Daniel Cameron (@kyoag) October 20, 2020
Ex-Husband of Naya Rivera Files Wrongful Death Lawsuit on Behalf of Their Son
*Naya Rivera’s ex-husband Ryan Dorsey has filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of their 5-year-old son Josey, following the boating accident that claimed her life four months ago.
Rivera was found dead in July, nearly a week after she disappeared during a boating outing in Ventura County, California, with her son. She was 33.
According to the investigative report, Josey said they counted “1, 2, 3” and jumped off the pontoon boat together at Lake Piru in Ventura County, California. Once in the water, the child said his mother told him to get back on the boat.
“She helped him onto the boat and then he then heard [Naya] yell ‘help’ and she put her arm in the air. She then disappeared into the water,” the investigative report states, per PEOPLE.
According to court documents obtained by PEOPLE, Dorey is suing Ventura County, the county’s Parks and Recreation Management, and the United Water Conservation District for wrongful death and negligent infliction of emotional distress.
The lawsuit claims the boat Rivera rented did comply with U.S. Coast Guard safety standards.
“[The boat] was not equipped with a safely accessible ladder, adequate rope, an anchor, a radio or any security mechanisms to prevent swimmers from being separated from their boats,” the complaint states. “Disturbingly, later inspection revealed that the boat was not even equipped with any flotation or lifesaving devices, in direct violation of California law, which requires that all pontoons longer than 16 feet be equipped with flotation devices.”
The court documents also cite the lake’s “deadly history” and notes that there wasn’t “a single sign anywhere — not at the entrance, at the dock, at the popular swimming area of Diablo Cove, not anywhere — warning of the lake’s strong currents, low visibility, high winds, changing water depths, underwater caves, ledges and drop offs, or the trees, brush and other debris that congest its waters due to the vastly changing water levels and winds.”
Rivera was reportedly in good health at the time of her death, but she had a history of vertigo “that would get worse when she was in the water.”
“The decedent would have vertigo to the point of vomiting, but she learned to control the symptoms with antihistamines,” the investigative report states.
According to the report, the “Glee” star had been treated at Cedars Sinai hospital for vertigo prior to her death.
She also had “no known history of suicidal ideation or attempt,” according to the report.
Riveria’s cause of death remains an accidental drowning.
The actress and Dorsey, 37, were married from 2014 to 2018.
Family of Atatiana Jefferson File Wrongful Death Suit Against Fort Worth, Ex-Police Officer
*Relatives of Atatiana Jefferson have filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Fort Worth, Texas, and the former officer charged in her death.
The 28-year-old Black woman was fatally shot by ex-cop Aaron Dean in her home through a window. We previously reported, Dean was indicted in December by a Texas grand jury after he was charged with Jefferson’s killing. He shot Jefferson through her bedroom window while responding to a welfare check around 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 12, and he “didn’t have time to perceive a threat” before opening fire, the family’s attorney, Lee Merritt, said.
Jefferson was playing video games with her 8-year-old nephew moments before her death.
A federal lawsuit was filed Monday in the Northern District of Texas by Jefferson’s biological father, Jerome Ekpo Eschor, against Dean and the city of Fort Worth, per CBS New York.
“Her father Jerome decided to bring the claim in order to help the family finally get some justice and to bring closure,” said lead attorney Tanika J. Solomon in a phone interview with NBC News. “This is not just about money. This is about vindication.”
The Fort Worth Police Department said in a press release at the time of Jefferson’s killing that then-officer Dean felt threatened prior to discharging his weapon.
“A young woman has lost her life, leaving her family in unbelievable grief. All of Fort Worth must surround Atatiana Jefferson’s family with prayers, love and support,” Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price said in a statement at the time, adding that the police department’s police chief would be “acting with immediacy and transparency to conduct a complete and thorough investigation.”
According to the suit, the city of Fort Worth “knew or should have known that Defendant Aaron Dean exhibited a pattern of escalating encounters with the public,” and the city “encouraged policies, practices, and customs with deliberate indifference to the rights of citizens.”
Tory Lanez: Rapper Pleads Not Guilty in Megan Thee Stallion Shooting Case
*Tory Lanez has pleaded not guilty to shooting Megan Thee Stallion after a party in the Hollywood Hills in July.
The hip-hop star (born Daystar Peterson) entered the plea during an arraignment on Wednesday in Los Angeles.
Lanez has been charged with one felony count each of assault with a semiautomatic firearm, personal use of a firearm, and carrying a loaded, unregistered firearm, per PEOPLE.
He is also facing a “gun allegation and that he personally inflicted great bodily injury,” the DA’s office said in a press release in October.
Lanez was previously ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from Megan Thee Stallion, and have no contact with her amid his criminal case. He was also ordered to surrender any guns he owns.
Regardless of anything going on in my life . Other people are going through a lot , some things worse than me .. So I’m going to continue my work in our community and do a better job of being a positive light and helping hand … my soul is in the right place ..love u all .
— Tory Lanez (@torylanez) November 14, 2020
Lanez is accused of shooting at Megan’s feet several times on July 12 during an argument. He reportedly told her to “Dance B*tch” while firing and wounding her.
The Canadian-born artist took to Twitter last month to react to the felony charges he’s facing over the incident.
“the truth will come to the light,” he wrote. “I have all faith in God to show that … love to all my fans and people that have stayed true to me & know my heart … a charge is not a conviction . If you have supported me or meg thru this , I genuinely appreciate u.”
He also continues to deny allegations that he shot Megan.
“I don’t ever wanna come off like I’m here to bash this girl or I’m here to talk down about this girl or ever be at a place where, like, I’m disrespecting her, because to me, as a person, she’s still my friend,” he said. “No matter what — even if she doesn’t look at me like that — I look at her like she’s still my friend,” he said during an Instagram Live session last month.
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