“I’m an independent body,” Cameron said in the interview. “If they had wanted to make an assessment of several allegations, they could have done so. But our recommendation was that Mattingly and Cosgrove be justified in their actions and conduct.”
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 “don’t knock” warrant.
Cosgrove and Mattingly were not indicted in the case. The third officer, Brett Hankison, was indicted on three counts of arbitrary first degree threat.
“Ultimately, our judgment is that the charge we could prove at trial beyond reasonable doubt was for arbitrary danger against Mr. Hankison,”
CNN senior legal analyst Laura Coates said it’s rare, if not unheard of, for a grand juror to go beyond the statutes presented to them by the attorney.
“Normally the grand jury is simply voting on the statutes presented to the grand jury, they are not sifting through the penal code to see if prosecutors can prosecute the criminal charges,” Coates said. “They are much more responsive to the facts presented to them than they are looking for criminal laws to charge a defendant.”
The bullet that hit the sergeant. Mattingly
At his press conference last week, Cameron said Kenneth Walker fired the shot that hit the sergeant. Jonathan Mattingly, but Walker’s attorney disputed this fact.
“This idea that somehow there was friendly fire or crossfire that hit Sergeant Mattingly is a silly idea,” Cameron told WDRB on Tuesday.
“To believe that idea is to suggest that somehow the bullets that were fired from outside the apartment along the side of the apartment somehow made a sharp left turn to hit Mattingly in order to match the wound. entrance, “he added.
Walker’s attorney Steve Romines told CNN’s Chris Cuomo last week that Walker did not shoot Mattingly in the thigh and that a Kentucky State Police ballistic report does not support the prosecution’s claim that the the only bullet Walker fired hit Mattingly.
Cameron says the allegations must be based on the law, on facts
The law does not grant the Attorney General’s Office “the license to make allegations that are not based on law and facts,” Cameron said.
“Our responsibility in the AG office is to the truth and the facts. I cannot shape the facts in such a way as to encounter a narrative that in many ways was already published before the facts were published.”
CNN’s Mirna Alsharif contributed to this report.