The extraordinarily unusual public release of the grand jury’s secret proceedings was expected on Wednesday after a Jefferson County State Court judge ordered recordings of the two-and-a-half-day presentation to the jury at noon local time.
Mr Cameron called for a delay in a proposal tabled on Tuesday, saying it was necessary to protect the interests of witnesses, especially “private citizens mentioned in the recordings”. His office wants to “rewrite the personal IDs of any named person and delete the names and personal IDs of any individual citizen”.
Cameron’s office said in a statement Wednesday that the recording lasted more than 20 hours and took “extra time … to form personally identifiable witnesses, including addresses and telephone numbers.”
The judge is expected to rule on the motion Wednesday, according to the statement.
The attorney general initially refused to publish copies or recordings of the grand jury despite growing public calls to do so from the mayor of Louisville, the governor of Kentucky and Taylor’s family lawyers.
However, Cameron announced late Monday afternoon that he would comply with a judge’s decision to order the grand jury’s presentation to be recorded in the court file. He has previously said that the release of the presentation will interfere with other investigations.
“If they wanted to make an assessment for different categories, they could have done it. But our recommendation was that Mattingly and Cosgrove were justified in their actions and behavior,” he said.
Officers Myles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly were two of three officers who showed up on the night of March 13 when Taylor was killed in a troubled upbringing.
Taylor, an EMT and would-be nurse, was killed in her home as police handed out the “no-bang” warrant
Cosgrove and Mattingly were not charged in the case, although Cameron said Cosgrove testified in the fatal shooting, which he said was justified because Taylor’s friend first shot the officers. A third officer, Brett Hankison, was charged with three counts of undesirable danger in the first instance for firing indiscriminately into an adjacent occupied apartment. Hankison has pleaded not guilty.