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Gov. Beshear requests more details in Breonna Taylor investigation be made public

Posted at 4:51 PM, Sep 23, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-23 17:16:11-04

FRANKFORT, Ky. (LEX 18) — Gov. Andy Beshear said he will request that Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron release to the public all the information he can regarding the Breonna Taylor investigation.

"I made the suggestion, now I'm making the request," Beshear said Wednesday at his daily news conference. "Post online all information, evidence, facts (Cameron) can release without impacting the three felony counts in the indictment issued today. Everyone can and should be informed."

Beshear said he appreciated Cameron communicating with the governor's office leading up to the release of the grand jury report, but said Kentuckians have a right to know more details.

"(In Cameron's announcement) he described the investigation," Beshear said. "But in it, he talked about information, facts, evidence that neither I nor the general public has seen. I believe the public deserves this information."

The governor said having all of the details regarding the investigation would be beneficial to all Kentuckians, not just those feeling frustrated or hurt by its findings.

"No matter what someone’s perspective is on the announcement, having all the information is hopefully something that can help us talk to each other, help us heal, help us move forward and help us always to make improvements," he said.

A grand jury report issued by Cameron Wednesday revealed that one of the three officers is facing indictment.

Brett Hankison is being charged with three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, a Class D felony. The felony is punishable of one to five years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 for each count.

The other officers involved in Taylor's death, Jon Mattingly and Myles Cosgrove, were not indicted.