*A special prosecutor will not be appointed to investigate the death of Breonna Taylor, the Kentucky Prosecutors Advisory Council unanimously decided on Friday.
According to MSN, the council argued that it does not have the legal authority to appoint the prosecutor, but attorneys for Taylor’s family disagree.
In October, Tamika Palmer, Taylor’s mother, called for an independent special prosecutor and a new grand jury to be appointed to the case. Her request came days after two members of the original grand jury told “CBS This Morning” that Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron did not present them with the option to indict any of the police officers involved with Breonna’s death.
Only former officer Brett Hankison was charged with wanton endangerment for shooting into Taylor’s neighbor’s apartment.
AG Cameron said back in September that if the grand jury “wanted to make an assessment about different charges, they could have done that.”
“It was a betrayal,” Juror No. 2 told Gayle King of “CBS This Morning.” Adding, “They didn’t give us the charges up front… when they gave us all of that testimony, over 20-something hours, and then to say that these are the only charges that they’re coming up with, it’s like, ‘Well, what did we just sit through?'”
Sam Aguiar, one of Palmer’s attorneys, noted that the case shows “how the cards stack so heavily in favor of law enforcement and against Black women.”
“Daniel Cameron completely undermined the integrity of our justice system, exposing its bias and the unethical conduct which happens behind the secret walls of grand jury proceedings,” Aguiar said. “Rather than fix this, eight prosecutors today chose to condone it. Their failure to step up here was cowardly. The whole world now sees clearly how the blindness of lady justice does not exist in Kentucky for Black women.”
Another Taylor family attorney, Lonita Baker, said case law supports the request for a new prosecutor, per CBS affiliate WLKY.