Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron criticized Ben Crump, an attorney who has been representing the families of individuals harmed in police shootings.
During an interview on Tuesday, Cameron accused Crump of spinning false narratives about shootings to mislead the public about cases. He specifically condemned Crump’s accusation that the attorney general’s office misled the grand jury in its consideration of charges against the officers involved in Breonna Taylor’s death.
“This is the Ben Crump model. He goes into a city, creates a narrative, cherry-picks facts to establish, to prove that narrative, creates chaos in a community, misrepresents the facts, and then, he leaves with his money and then asks the community to pick up the pieces,” Cameron told Fox and Friends. “It is terribly irresponsible on his part to push such narratives, such falsehoods.”
“As the attorney general, I don’t have the luxury of falsehoods. I have the responsibility to the truth, the law, and justice. Ben Crump can make wild accusations and ask for ridiculous things, but at the end of the day, we have dispensed with our responsibility and duty to present the information to the grand jury. We did that in a manner consistent with what the facts and the law are. That’s again my responsibility as the attorney general of the commonwealth of Kentucky,” he added.
Crump gained national attention while representing the family of Trayvon Martin. Since then, he has represented the families of Michael Brown, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Jacob Blake, and Breonna Taylor.
Crump wrote an open letter to Cameron demanding that a special prosecutor be installed to review the charges brought against one officer involved in Taylor’s death because he believes Cameron was “biased throughout the process.” Cameron maintained that he believes his office handled the case fairly and that the officers were justified in firing their weapons in self-defense.
“No one disputes that this is a tragedy. But sometimes, our criminal justice system, our criminal law is inadequate to respond to a tragedy. That is the case here,” Cameron said.
Only one of three Louisville officers involved in the raid on Taylor’s home in March was charged last week, but not directly in connection to the 26-year-old’s death. Former Detective Brett Hankison was indicted on felony charges for wanton endangerment.
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Original Author: Madison Dibble
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