LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Attorneys for the family of Breonna Taylor on Thursday renewed their calls for charges to be brought against the officers involved in her death, a day after Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron met with Taylor's family to "express his condolences."
The meeting, initiated by Cameron, included Taylor's mother, sister, aunt and family attorneys, according to Cameron's office and attorney Sam Aguiar, who is representing the family.
Attorney Lonita Baker, also representing Taylor's family, said at a press conference Thursday that the meeting was the first time Cameron personally spoke with the family.
Few details on the investigation were divulged, Baker told reporters, but she said Cameron, who is investigating Taylor's fatal police shooting, said he was awaiting ballistic results from the FBI from the scene.
Ben Crump, another attorney for Taylor's family, said he was confident charges would be brought against the officers involved "sooner rather than later."
Crump was critical of the fact that all of the officers had not yet been terminated or arrested, comparing the situation to the deaths of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks, both Black men who were killed at the hands of police who later faced charges. One officer, Brett Hankison, has been fired for his role in the shooting death.
This week marked 150 days since Taylor's death, Crump said, and "we expect, hopefully before 200 days, charges to happen."
Tamika Palmer, Taylor's mother, said in a statement that she was glad Cameron sought the meeting Wednesday and that he "seemed sincere and genuine." Palmer said Cameron didn't say which direction he's leaning, but that after the meeting, she's "more confident" that "truth will come out and that justice will be served."
"We let him know how important it was for their office to get all the facts, to get the truth and to get justice for Breonna," Palmer said. "We all deserve to know the whole truth behind what happened to my daughter.
"The attorney general committed to getting us the truth. We're going to hold him up to that commitment."
At the press conference Thursday, Palmer expressed her gratitude to activists and protesters who have continued their calls for justice in the wake of her daughter's death.
"At this point, it's bigger than Breonna. It's bigger than just Black lives. It's about bridging the gaps between us and the police," Palmer said.
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Aguiar said the investigation was also pending on witnesses who still need to be interviewed.
Aguiar said he initially was frustrated that there were still witnesses to be interviewed, given that Taylor was fatally shot March 13, but Cameron clarified that there are "re-interviews" to be done.
"To the extent that those are ones the police didn't do a good job on — while I wish they'd already been done — I was pleased to hear they're getting their own versions," Aguiar said.
In a statement, Cameron's spokeswoman, Elizabeth Kuhn, said Cameron was "grateful" to meet the family, which provided an opportunity for him to "personally express his condolences."
"The investigation remains ongoing, and our Office of Special Prosecutions continues to review all the facts in the case to determine the truth," Kuhn said.
Taylor, 26, was shot and killed by Louisville police on March 13.
Officers who were there to serve a no-knock warrant returned fire after Taylor's boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired one shot and struck Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, thinking police were intruders. Taylor, an emergency room technician, was shot five times and died in her hallway.
Cameron is investigating her death and will consider whether state criminal charges are warranted against the three officers who fired their weapons: Mattingly, and detectives Hankison and Myles Cosgrove.
He said last week that his office is waiting on information from ballistics tests that the FBI is conducting. The FBI later confirmed that ballistic evidence, along with a shooting reconstruction from Taylor's apartment, is being tested and analyzed at the agency's laboratory in Quantico, Virginia.
Louisville activist Christopher 2X was at the Wednesday morning meeting, which he said lasted about 45 minutes. During it, the family shared their pain about the loss of Taylor, as well as who she was and what she was passionate about with regard to the medical field.
"That was something we wanted to make sure AG Cameron understood," 2X said. "They got different pieces or items about Breonna, but they never had the chance to hear face to face about how her family felt about her and who she was."
By the end of the meeting, he added, Cameron committed to telling the family directly what his decision around criminal charges was before he shared it publicly.
"Everyone left with a sense that it was better to have this communication ... today, than not to have it," 2X said.
Palmer added in her emailed statement that "we have to make real changes to keep this from happening to anyone else."
"At the end of the day, we have to ... bridge the community and the police," Palmer said. "That starts with truth and justice."
Darcy Costello, The Louisville Courier Journal: Ryan Miller, USA TODAY
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