Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron Is Fighting A Mask Mandate Instead Of Having The Cops Who Killed Breonna Taylor Arrested
The attorney general continues to do everything under the sun but obtain justice for the 26-year-old EMT.
Update (July 10, 2020): Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron continues to face withering criticism for trying to do everything except handle Breonna Taylor’s tragic case.
He’s now found his latest diversion: suing the state’s governor over a recent mask mandate designed to protect Kentucky’s citizens, WLKY reported.
On Friday, Cameron filed a motion against governor Andy Beshear’s decision to make masks mandatory inside public places statewide and in places where social distancing is not possible, according to local news outlet WLKY.
Kentucky tallied 426 positive coronavirus cases on Friday and has seen a spike in recent weeks as dozens of states struggle to control localized COVID-19 outbreaks. Nearly 19,000 people have tested positive for coronavirus so far and 620 people have died since the pandemic began, with another eight people dying on Friday.
In a statement to WKYT, Cameron said he was suing the state over the mask mandate not because he thought masks should be worn but because he wanted the executive order “follow state law.”
“Today, our office is filing a motion in Scott Circuit Court asking the Judge to consider whether Governor Beshear’s most recent executive order requiring face coverings complies with the current temporary restraining order stopping enforcement of COVID-19 executive orders that are not in compliance with state law,” Cameron said.
“To be clear, the request we are making to the court today is not about whether or not it is appropriate to wear a mask. It is my belief that masks are an important tool in fighting this pandemic. It is, however, about determining if the Governor’s executive order mandating mask use follows state law. As the chief law officer for the Commonwealth, it is my duty to raise this question before the court and ensure that the law is followed,” he added.
Cameron and Beshear have spent weeks going back and forth over the legality of executive orders the governor has been signing to keep the state’s coronavirus numbers low. It is unclear if the mask mandate went into effect at 5pm on Friday, but governor Beshear told a press conference that he had no choice but to pass the rules.
"This is dangerous and devastating and for a court to say, 'I guess I just don't believe that the virus exists and you don't have to do anything,' no social distancing, nothing else, is absolutely irresponsible," he said.
"We've got to move past it, I'm going to continue to do what it takes. (Cameron) put in that order today, we're doing the mask mandate today. We'll beat him in court and just because the circuit judge there, I guess, thinks he's an epidemiologist and we don't need any types of restrictions, I know that's not the case," Beshear said.
Cameron, who was endorsed for the attorney general position by President Donald Trump, paid a visit to the White House on June 8 for a discussion surrounding police-community relations reports WBKO. In Cameron's statement which followed the event, he did not mention Taylor once.
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Honored today to join @POTUS, @VP, AG Barr, and law enforcement stakeholders for an important conversation on strengthening the relationship between law enforcement and Black communities.— Attorney General Daniel Cameron (@kyoag) June 8, 2020
Read my full statement here: https://t.co/VkOj7Ttk3W pic.twitter.com/wTduekKTGX
Original (June 30, 2020): Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is being blasted for focusing his attention on all things except Breonna Taylor.
Rather than offering transparency on where the Taylor case stands and taking swift action, like authorities involved in the cases of Rayshard Brooks and George Floyd, Cameron took to Twitter on June 20 to proudly share his efforts in helping a football association get their players back on the field safely amid coronavirus concerns.
This week, I met with members of the KY Football Coaches Association to listen to concerns about #COVID19 & discuss ways we can get keep our athletes safe and healthy. Playing football was an important part of my life & I look forward to seeing our athletes back in action soon. pic.twitter.com/gTDojLhV1M— Attorney General Daniel Cameron (@kyoag) June 20, 2020
The attorney general posted pictures of himself alongside football coaches and tweeted about his mission to get athletes "back in action soon."
People replied to the tweet, furious that he would rather post photo ops with football coaches instead of focusing his attention on getting justice for Taylor.
"We don’t care about football. We care about arresting the cops who kiIIed Breonna Taylor," one person tweeted.
"Work on ways keeping citizens safe from murderous cops! Citizens of Louisville tear that city up if you want change. Look at what happened in Minneapolis!" another person wrote.
On Wednesday, Cameron took to Twitter again to share his efforts in denouncing calls for defunding the police.
I joined a coalition of 17 Attorneys General in writing a letter denouncing the dangerous “defund the police” movement. As the letter states, “our goal should be to empower law enforcement to legally & ethically fulfill their duties, not restrict their ability to protect us all.” pic.twitter.com/I2pvDhQpnW— Attorney General Daniel Cameron (@kyoag) June 24, 2020
"I joined a coalition of 17 Attorneys General in writing a letter denouncing the dangerous 'defund the police' movement," the attorney general tweeted. "As the letter states, 'our goal should be to empower law enforcement to legally & ethically fulfill their duties, not restrict their ability to protect us all.'"
Again, people replied to his tweet to share their frustrations with his actions.
"Daniel, I’ve known you for a long time. The Daniel Cameron that I knew had a great heart. I can’t believe that you still haven’t taken action against the cops who murdered Breonna Taylor in her sleep. Come on, man. Grow a spine and do something," a person tweeted.
By Monday, people were on to his motives of continuing to place his attention elsewhere when pictures of his engagement party surfaced on social media.
While the date of the event is unknown, the photos show Cameron celebrating his engagement to an unidentified white woman with their loved ones around, clearly avoiding social distancing guidelines.
The pictures quickly circulated online, with celebrities calling out the attorney general's apparent lack of interest in seeking justice for Taylor.
On an Instagram post by Amanda Seales, people expressed their shock over the pictures.
Arsenio Hall, Holly Robinson Peete, Elise Neal and Tiffany Haddish shared their thoughts in the comments of the post.
Tina Lawson, Beyoncé's mom, shared the pictures to her Instagram alongside a long caption expressing her frustrations with the attorney general and encouraging people to educate themselves on the people voted into office.
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I was shocked to learn that the attorney general for Kentucky is a 34 year old black man. A republican . When Breonna’s Mother Tamika asked to speak with him , he had someone else call her. ! 💔💔 When he ran for office there are a lot of Black people that were excited and thought oh my God maybe we have a fair chance now because it will be a black man in this position ! He will be fair and unbiased towards Black people. They voted for him. Well That’s why it’s important to educate yourself on people who are running for office . I have no problem with who he marries , that is his personal business. That is not what this post is about ! I just don’t understand his actions !!! And where are their masks ?
Very little has taken place since Taylor was killed in her apartment in March, and only one of the three officers who raided her apartment has been fired, as Blavity previously reported.
Brett Hankison was fired from his job after Lousiville Metro Police Chief Robert Schroeder shared his disappointment in the officer's actions the night of the shooting.
"I find your conduct a shock to the conscience," Schroeder wrote. "I am alarmed and stunned you used deadly force in this fashion."
Officer Myles Cosgrove and Sgt. John Mattingly remain on the job, and none of the three have been criminally charged with Taylor's death.
On June 18, Cameron refused to give a timeline on when his office would be wrapping up its investigation into the case, the Louisville Courier-Journal reported. He assured that the investigation was ongoing but would take "time and patience."