“It is an independent body,” Cameron said in an interview. “If they wanted to make an assessment of different charges, they could have done it. But our recommendation was that Mattingly and Cosgrove were justified in their actions and behavior.”
Officers Myles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly were two of the three officers involved in Taylor’s death. Taylor, an EMT, was killed in her home when plainclothes officers carried out a “no-hit” order.
Cosgrove and Mattingly have not been charged in the case. A third officer, Brett Hankison, was charged with three counts of first-degree fraud.
“Ultimately, our judgment is that the charge we could prove at trial beyond a reasonable doubt was for reckless risk against Mr Hankison,” Cameron said.
CNN Senior Legal Analyst Laura Coates said it was rare, if not silly, for a grand judge to go beyond the statutes presented to them by the prosecutor.
“Normally, the grand jury just votes on the statute presented to the jury, they do not go through the penal code to see if prosecutors could prosecute,” Coates said. “They are much more reactionary to facts presented to them than they ask for a criminal statute to indict a defendant.”
The bullet that hit Sgt. Mating
In an interview last week, Cameron said that Kenneth Walker shot the shot that struck St. John. Jonathan Mattingly, but Walker’s lawyer disputed that.
“This perception that somehow there was a friendly fire or crossfire that struck the soldier. Mattingly is a silly idea,” Cameron told the WDRB on Tuesday.
“Believing it is the idea to imply that somehow bullets fired from outside the apartment down the side of the apartment unit made a sharp turn to the left to hit Mattingly to match the entrance wound,” he added.
Walker’s lawyer Steve Romines told CNN’s Chris Cuomo last week that Walker did not shoot Mattingly in the thigh and that a report from Kentucky Central Police did not support the prosecution’s assertion that the bullet was fired by Walker. hit Mattingly.
Cameron says the accusations must be based on the law, the facts
The law does not allow the attorney general’s office to “impose charges that are not based on the law and the facts,” Cameron said.
“Our responsibility in the Office of the Director-General is the truth and the facts. I cannot formulate the facts in such a way that I come across a narrative that in many ways had already been published there before the facts were put out there.”
CNN’s Mirna Alsharif contributed to this report.