A protester holds a sign depicting Breonna Taylor, a black woman who was fatally shot by a Louisville Metro Police Department officer on June 3, 2020, in a protest against George Floyd's death in Minneapolis, Denver, Colorado.
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Kentucky's attorney general asked the public Thursday to remain patient with his office's investigation into the police's murder of Breonna Taylor, more than three months after the black paramedic died in a raid on her home in Louisville.
"I can assure you that, at the end of our investigation, we will do the right thing," Attorney General Daniel Cameron told reporters at a press conference that did not announce criminal charges against the police involved in the raid.
"We will find the truth," said Cameron, who took over the criminal investigation as special prosecutor last month.
"It is important that we do it right," he said.
The attorney general specifically urged people not to launch a violent protest against the murder of 26-year-old Taylor.
"Violence and lawlessness will do nothing more than continue the tragedy," said Cameron.
He said he was "sad and heartbroken" from Taylor's death.
Taylor's death has sparked nationwide interest and has been the subject of protest in the weeks since Minneapolis police killed a black man, George Floyd, on Memorial Day.
The officer who knelt on Floyd's neck for more than seven minutes, Derek Chauvin, was charged with murder and manslaughter, and three other officers who helped the arrest were accused of supporting and promoting these crimes. Floyd was arrested on suspicion of using counterfeit money to make a purchase. All four police officers charged with the case were dismissed by the Minneapolis Police Department.
On Wednesday, the now ex-Atlanta police officer, Garrett Rolfe, who had fatally shot a black man named Rayshard Brooks in the back while allegedly aiming a taser at police officers he fled from, was charged with murder and other charges.
Another Atlanta police officer, Devin Brosnan, was charged with assault and other charges after police officers woke a sleeping Brooks out of a car parked outside Wendy's fast food restaurant on Friday.
Cameron said his office is conducting an "independent" investigation into Taylor's death and continues to receive information from the Louisville Police Department's Department of Public Integrity.
Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron speaks to President Donald Trump and law enforcement officers during a panel discussion at the White House in Washington on Monday, June 8, 2020.
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"We believe the independent steps we take are critical to ensuring that the results are accepted by both the community and those directly involved in the case," said Cameron.
"I will not go into more detail about what we have," said Cameron when asked for evidence of the case.
He also said, "I will not give a specific date on which our investigation will be completed."
Taylor was shot eight times on March 13 by the police, who carried out a warrant without knocking in her home as part of a drug investigation.
Her family has filed an illegal death lawsuit against three police officers, Jonathan Mattingly, Brett Hankison and Myles Cosgrove, alleging that they "blindly" fired more than 20 shots at Taylor's home.
Taylor and her friend Kenneth Walker, who was in the apartment with her during the robbery, had no criminal history and, according to the lawsuit, no drugs were found in the robbery. Walker, a lawyer who said he feared a house invasion, fired a gun at an officer and hit him on the leg.
Cameron assumed the position of special prosecutor in the case since local district attorney Walker had recently been prosecuted for attempted murder of the policeman. Walker's case has since been dropped.
"An investigation of this magnitude takes time and patience," said Cameron.