Attorney General Daniel Cameron planned a press conference in the capital, Frankfurt, to discuss the grand jury’s decision.
Protesters constantly pressured him to act, and celebrities and professional athletes joined with them to urge the Attorney General to indict the police who shot Taylor. Protesters once gathered at his home and were charged with crimes for attempting to intimidate the prosecutor.
As a Republican, he is the state’s first black attorney general and a protégé of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who has been considered by some to be his obvious heir. He was also one of 20 names on President Donald Trump’s list to fill a future position on the Supreme Court.
Taylor, a paramedic, was shot and killed multiple times by officers who came to her home with an arrest warrant during a narcotics investigation. The arrest warrant she used to search her home was linked to a suspect who did not live there and no drugs were found in it. The use of no-knock warrants has since been banned by the Louisville Metro Council.
Cameron’s office received materials from the Louisville Police Department’s Public Integrity Division while they were trying to determine whether charges would be brought against the three officers involved, he said.
Before charges were brought, Hankison was released by the city police on June 23. A resignation letter from Louisville’s interim police chief Robert Schroeder said the white officer had violated procedures by showing “extreme indifference to the value of human life” and “willfully and blindly” fired 10 rounds of shots in March in Taylor’s apartment.
Hankison, Sgt.Johnathan Mattingly, Officer Myles Cosgrove, and the detective moving the warrant, Joshua Jaynes, were administrative reassigned after the shooting.
Taylor’s friend Kenneth Walker opened fire when police broke in and met Mattingly. Walker was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, but prosecutors later dropped the charges.
Walker told police he heard a knock but had no idea who came into the house and fired in self-defense.
On September 15, the city closed a lawsuit against three officers belonging to Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, who agreed to pay her $ 12 million and carry out police reforms.
Protesters in Louisville and across the country have called for justice for Taylor and other blacks killed by police in recent months. The release of an 911 call from Taylor’s friend in late May marked the start of the days of protest in Louisville, sparked by their shooting and the violent death of George Floyd in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.
Several prominent African American celebrities, including Oprah and Beyoncé, have joined demands to indict the officials.