Kentucky officials are working to make public more information in the Breonna Taylor investigation, Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said Thursday, as fallout continued over the grand-jury decision not to directly indict any cops in her death.
“What we’re doing is working with the attorney general and … the FBI to understand what we can release so it doesn’t interfere with any of the ongoing investigations,” said Fischer during a morning press briefing. “What we want to do is get as much of this information out as soon as we can.”
Among those ongoing investigations is a federal look at the case, according to the FBI.
“There does need to be some redaction of names to protect individuals’ identities in some of these cases,” Fischer added. “That process has started, and we hope to be able to announce further information on that soon.”
A grand jury on Wednesday opted not to indict two of the three current or former cops involved in the March death of Taylor, a 26-year-old unarmed black EMT gunned down in her apartment while the lawmen executed a search warrant for drugs they never found.
The third, since-fired officer Brett Hankison, was indicted only on charges of “wantonly” firing his gun — not at Taylor, but inadvertently into the home of her neighbors.
But even that charge is unwarranted, Hankison’s lawyer argued Thursday to CNN.
Attorney Stew Matthews told the network that the evidence does not support the charge of first-degree wanton endangerment, and that Hankison intends to plead not guilty at his yet to be scheduled arraignment.
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron said Wednesday that the cops were justified in the shooting because they first came under fire by Taylor’s boyfriend, who has maintained that the trio did not identify themselves as police while pushing into the apartment in the dead of night.
The grand jury’s decision touched off coast-to-coast unrest, in no place more than Louisville, where 127 protesters were arrested and two cops wounded by gunfire late Wednesday.