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Gov. Beshear on MSNBC: Breonna Taylor investigation gone on "too long"

Posted at 11:19 PM, Jul 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 23:20:16-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — During an appearance on MSNBC Friday, Gov. Andy Beshear was asked about the ongoing investigation into the killing of Breonna Taylor by Louisville Metro Police Officers.

The investigation was taken over by Attorney General Daniel Cameron's office in May, two months after Taylor was killed.

Gov. Beshear called on investigators to provide an explanation for the length and process of the investigation.

"Certainly the investigation and the evaluation of this case has gone on far too long and I think even those who are involved in that, which I'm not as a governor, would agree to that," Gov. Beshear said.

He was also asked about calls by some for a special prosecutor to take over the investigation, a decision he said is up to Attorney General Cameron.

"I think a special prosecutor could make sense here," Beshear said. "I'm not sure exactly where the attorney general is on the evaluation of it but if there are those that think a special prosecutor would provide a more balanced approach then that could be a direction the AG could take."

On Friday evening, Elizabeth Kuhn, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Daniel Cameron responded via email to the governor's comments.

"Our office remains committed to a thorough and fair investigation into the death of Ms. Taylor. As has been stated, we cannot provide a specific timeline regarding the completion of the investigation because our Office of Special Prosecutions must maintain the flexibility to follow the facts in this case and conduct our own independent investigation. Our Office of Special Prosecutions is acting as special prosecutor in the case."

Protesters took to the streets once again on Friday to call for justice for Breonna.