“They are an independent body,” Cameron said in the interview. “If they wanted to make an assessment about the various charges, they could do so. But our recommendation was that Mattingly and Cosgrove were justified in their acts and their conduct.”
Officers Miles Cosgrove and Jonathan Mattingly were two of the three officers involved in Taylor’s death. Taylor, an EMT, was killed in his own home when field officers executed a “no-knock” warrant.
Cosgrove and Mattingly have not been convicted in the case. The third officer, Brett Hankinson, has been involved in three counts of first-degree felony endangerment.
Cameron said, “Ultimately, our decision is that the charge that we can prove on trial beyond a reasonable doubt was for appropriate action against Mr. Hankinson.”
“Generally grand juries are simply voting on the methods presented to grand juries, they are not combing through the criminal code to see if prosecutors can pursue criminal charges,” Coats said. “They are more responsive to the facts seeking to charge the defendant than the criminal statues they presented.”
The bullet that the sergeant hit. Mattingly
At his news conference last week, Cameron said that Kenneth Walker fired on Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly but Walker’s lawyer disputed that fact.
“The notion that there was somehow a friendly fire or cross-fire that struck Sgt. Mattingly is a silly idea,” Cameron told WDRB on Tuesday.
He said, “It is to be believed that the idea that somehow the bullets were fired from under the apartment unit from outside the apartment would somehow kill Mattingly to match it with the entry wound.” Was left for, ”he said.
Walker’s attorney Steve Romins told CNN’s Chris Cuomo last week that Walker did not shoot Mattingly in the thigh, and a ballistic report from the Kentucky State Police does not support the prosecution’s claim that a bullet Walker fired on Mattingley was.
Cameron says the allegations must be founded on law, facts
Cameron said the law does not license the Attorney General’s office to “make allegations that are not founded on law and facts.”
“Our responsibility in the AG’s office is towards truth and facts. I cannot fashion facts to complete a narrative in such a way that many facts were already put in there”
Mirna Alsharif of CNN contributed to this report.