Thrilled Democrats in the Fancy Farm crowd refused to let Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron forget what they see as his greatest failure.
Dozens of Democrats loudly chanted “Breonna Taylor,” the name of the 26-year-old black woman murdered by Louisville police in 2020, during Cameron’s speech at the 142nd annual picnic hosted by St. Jerome Catholic Church.
Taylor was still fresh in Democrats’ minds as the federal Justice Department charged four current and former Louisville Metro Police Department officers in connection with the death of the late emergency room technician just two days earlier.
Cameron has regained control of his office’s investigation of police actions in light of the DOJ’s findings announced Thursday by U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Cameron’s office served as special counsel in the Taylor case after Jefferson County Commonwealth attorney Tom Wine withdrew, citing a conflict of interest.
In the end, Cameron’s team charged only one agent, former Detective Brett Hankison, with endangering Taylor’s neighbors. No one was charged at the state level for Taylor’s death, and Hankison was found not guilty in a jury trial.
Even with a microphone, Cameron was sometimes hard to hear over the chants.
Charles Booker, the Democrat who challenged incumbent U.S. Senator Rand Paul, encouraged the crowd to say Taylor’s name, nodded and raised his fist.
The singing continued until Cameron walked away from the lectern.
The Republicans in the pavilion, however, made sure that the first-term attorney general knew he had their support.
Cameron promised law enforcement that he would “always be behind you and we will always support the blue”, which prompted a thunderous round of applause from the GOP side.
On Thursday evening, Cameron released a statement saying his team’s “primary job was to investigate whether the officers executing the search warrant were criminally responsible for Ms. Taylor’s death under state law” and said he remained proud of the the way his prosecutors handled the case.
The DOJ charged Hankison with two counts of deprivation of rights under the color of the law; one count was for Taylor and Walker, the other for the three neighbors in the adjacent apartment.
The charges against Sgt. Kyle Meany, Detective Kelly Goodlett, and ex-detective Joshua Jaynes all stem from the falsification of the search warrant and subsequent conspiracy to mislead investigators looking into the incident.
Cameron’s office did not investigate how the warrant was obtained or whether it contained misinformation.
This story is being updated.