Sen. McConnell praises Ky. attorney general for work on Breonna Taylor case

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., meets with reporters following a Republican strategy session, at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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UPDATED 7:06 AM PT – Friday, September 25, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell responded to the latest decision in the Breonna Taylor case by praising Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron.

McConnell spoke from the Senate floor Thursday following the grand jury’s decision to charge just one of the three officers involved in Taylor’s death. He commended Cameron for his “thorough impartial investigation” and said he has “full confidence” in the attorney general’s “painstaking pursuit of justice and facts.”

“Kentucky’s Attorney General Daniel Cameron conducted exactly the kind of thorough impartial investigation that justice demands,” stated the senator. “Yesterday that chapter concluded and the grand jury conducted the handoff to criminal prosecution.”

McConnell noted that he’s spoken on the issue before and said there’s a need for justice and healing in the community. He added that while many have channeled their grief into peaceful protests, the city of Louisville has endured lawlessness, riots and violence.

Protesters march, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020, in Louisville, Ky. Authorities pleaded for calm while activists vowed to fight on Thursday in Kentucky’s largest city, where a gunman wounded two police officers during anguished protests following the decision not to charge officers for killing Breonna Taylor. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

“Citizens’ businesses were vandalized, fires were set in the streets, and two officers of the Metro Police Department were shot and wounded while protecting public safety downtown,” he explained.

McConnell described any attempt to “gun down officers serving the community” as the kind of “despicable cowardice” that must be met by the full force of the law. He went on to say he expects the governor and mayor to take necessary steps to secure law and order.

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