By KARMA ALLEN, EMILY SHAPIRO and SABINA GHEBREMEDHIN, ABC News
(NEW YORK) — Audio recordings from the three-day grand jury hearings in the Breonna Taylor case were filed with the court on Friday following orders from a Kentucky judge.
The recordings were filed just before the judge’s noon deadline. This comes after a judge, during former police officer Brett Hankison’s hearing, ordered the recordings be filed as part of the discovery.
Taylor’s family, her boyfriend and activists have also called for transparency and demanded the grand jury transcript be released. Taylor’s boyfriend’s attorney filed a successful motion over the weekend to have the evidence collected by the police department’s Professional Integrity Unit released to the public.
An anonymous member of the grand jury also filed a motion asking that the transcripts and 20 hours of recordings be released. The grand juror requested the judge allow members of the panel to speak publicly about the evidence presented and the decision reached.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron filed a motion to delay the release of the audio recordings to redact the names and personal information of witnesses and private citizens.
Cameron argued Monday that prosecutors presented “all of the evidence” to the grand jury, even though the evidence supported that the two Louisville police officers who were not indicted “were justified in their use of force” after having been fired upon by Taylor’s boyfriend.
Citing the secrecy of the hearing, Cameron declined to say if the grand jury was presented, beyond the recommended wanton endangerment counts, with options to consider homicide charges, including manslaughter and reckless homicide.
The high-profile case began on March 13, when 26-year-old Taylor was shot dead by police in her Louisville home.
Taylor and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, were asleep when three Louisville officers, including Brett Hankison, tried to execute a “no-knock” search warrant. The officers were investigating a suspected drug operation linked to Taylor’s ex-boyfriend; no drugs were found in the apartment.
Walker contends he asked the officers to identify themselves as they tried to break open the door, but got no response, which prompted him to open fire with his licensed gun. One officer was shot in the leg.
The grand jury last week indicted Hankison on three counts of first-degree wanton endangerment for firing into the apartment directly behind Taylor’s. The neighboring apartment had three people inside, thus the three charges against Hankison, said Cameron. Hankison pleaded not guilty this week.
The other officers involved in Taylor’s death were not charged and have been placed on administrative duty.
Hankinson was fired.
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