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AG Cameron responds to impeachment petition

Posted at 6:31 PM, Jan 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-26 18:57:01-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Attorney General Daniel Cameron continues to stand by his team's investigation of the Breonna Taylor case.

Last week, we learned that three grand jurors from the Taylor case have signed onto an impeachment petition, citing concerns about Cameron’s handling of the investigation into her death and presentation to the grand jury.

While in Lexington for a planned event, we asked Cameron for his reaction to the petition.

"People are obviously going to make decisions about what occurred with the investigation that we had last year with Miss Breonna Taylor. As I've told people when we started in this job, there will be no easy answers. We know that sometimes people are not always going to agree with you 100%, and I understand that, and that is what is so special about the democratic process that we have here in this country. I'm proud of the that my team of special prosecutors did. I'm confident in the work that we did, and completely understand that this process has to unfold and I'll let that process speak for itself," said Cameron.

The shooting death of Breonna Taylor and the subsequent protests in Louisville seeking justice gained national attention in 2020.

Back in September, Cameron announced one now-former detective, Brett Hankison, would be charged with wanton endangerment.

Within days of that announcement, an attorney representing one of the grand jurors brought up concerns that not all information was available to the jury to make an informed decision on charges.

Last week, with the support of three unidentified grand jurors, an impeachment petition was filed against Cameron for his handling of the investigation.

Despite the allegations, Cameron says he stands by the way he conducted the presentation to the grand jury.

"It was a long investigation, very thorough investigation. It took so long because we wanted to leave no stone unturned. I think the presentation to the grand jury reflected that. And so, again, I stand firmly committed to the work the office did and I'm proud of that work," said Cameron.

The impeachment petition will head to the House Impeachment Committee. The group will meet next sometime after the General Assembly returns to Frankfort in February.

Cameron is the third lawmaker that citizens have filed an impeachment petition against, joining Gov. Andy Beshear and Representative Robert Goforth.