“They are an independent body,” Cameron said in an interview. “If they wanted to evaluate different accusations, they could do that. But our recommendation was that Mattingly and Cosgrove were justified in their actions and behavior.”
Officers Miles Cosgrove and Jonathan Matingley are two of the three officers involved in Taylor’s death. Taylor, EMT, was killed in her own home when plainclothes officers carried out a “no knocking” order.
No charges have been filed against Cosgrove and Mattingly in the case. The third officer, Brett Hankison, was charged on three counts with an impartial first-degree threat.
“Ultimately, our assessment is that the accusation we could prove during the trial beyond a reasonable doubt is of an impartial threat against Mr. Hankison,”
CNN senior legal analyst Laura Coates said it was rare, if not unheard of, for a large juror to exceed the statute presented to them by the prosecutor.
“Usually the grand jury just votes on the status presented to the grand jury, they don’t review the penal code to see if prosecutors can bring criminal charges,” Coates said. “They are far more responsive to the facts presented to them than they seek criminal laws to charge the defendant.”
The bullet that hit Sgt. Matte
In a press conference last week, Cameron said Kenneth Walker fired the Sgt blow. Jonathan Matingley, but Walker’s lawyer disputed that fact.
“The idea that there was somehow friendly fire or crossfire that hit a sergeant. Matingley is a stupid idea,” Cameron told WDRB on Tuesday.
“To believe this idea is to suggest that somehow bullets fired from outside the apartment down the side of the apartment unit somehow made a sharp left turn to hit Mattingly to match the entry wound. “, he added.
Walker’s attorney, Steve Romins, told CNN’s Chris Cuomo last week that Walker did not shoot in the thigh and that the Kentucky State Ballistics report did not support the allegation that the only bullet fired by Walker hit Mattingley.
Cameron says the accusations must be based on the law, the facts
The law does not give prosecutors “a license to bring charges that are not based on the law and the facts,” Cameron said.
“Our responsibility in the AG office is to the truth and to the facts. I cannot invent the facts in such a way as to respond to a story that was in many respects already set out there before the facts were set out there.”
CNN’s Mirna Alsharif contributed to this report.