In an emotional press conference on Monday, the mother of Breonna Taylor and other activists announced a campaign to defeat Attorney General Daniel Cameron in his run for governor.
The killing of Breonna Taylor by Louisville police during a police raid sparked months of protests in Louisville and across Kentucky. When Cameron empaneled a grand jury to investigate the killing, many thought there would be charges against the officers involved.
Instead, a single officer was indicted for firing a shot into a neighboring apartment. No charges were brought related to the death of Taylor. Cameron said that the grand jury agreed that no homicide charges were needed, but members of the grand jury later disputed that claim.
Taylor’s mother, Tamika Palmer, spoke at the press conference, saying of Cameron, “He decided we didn’t matter. He decided that Breonna didn’t deserve justice.”
The Herald-Leader notes that Shameka Parrish-Wright, a Black former candidate for Louisville mayor, said that she would love to see a Black man elected as governor of Kentucky – “but not Daniel Cameron.”
“He lost that when he denied Breonna Taylor justice,” she said. “He lost that when he didn’t appoint a special prosecutor. He lost that when he failed to properly inform the grand jury.”
The activists at the group intend on opening their own offices in Louisville and Lexington in order to do phone banking and canvassing in those two cities, in hopes of boosting turnout for current governor Andy Beshear in this fall’s election.