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End grand jury secrecy in New York

End grand jury secrecy in New York
It is no accident that the police officers who killed Breonna Taylor have avoided justice. Instead, we have learned that Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron did not present homicide charges to the grand jury empaneled to hold Breonna’s killers accountable. Despite the clear public outcry for justice to be served, Cameron declined to even make the case that Breonna Taylor was murdered.

Instead, we have learned that Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron did not present homicide charges to the grand jury empaneled to hold Breonna’s killers accountable.Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron addresses the media following the return of a grand jury investigation into the death of Breonna Taylor, in Frankfort, Ky.When Officer Daniel Pantaleo killed Eric Garner, the grand jury declined to indict, despite the powerful video evidence and witness testimony.If the wrong charges were presented, or the right charges were improperly explained, then the grand jury was led astray by our elected prosecutors.

Yet when the perpetrator brought in front of a grand jury is a police officer, they are often cleared of charges by the grand jury and never face their day in court.Most Read Many states already have provisions allowing the release of grand jury records when it is in the public’s interest, and California recently enacted legislation specifically allowing the release of records in cases involving a police officer shooting or use of excessive force.

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