Kentucky Officials Approve 24-Hour Security Detail Contract For Attorney General Daniel Cameron After Threats Surface Against Him
The decision comes less than two weeks after a man was federally indicted for threatening Cameron on a phone line set up to receive tips regarding Taylor’s case.
October 16, 2020 at 10:00 pm
Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron is receiving around-the-clock armed security detail following his management of the Breonna Taylor case in which one officer was charged with wanton endangerment.
According to the Courier Journal, the decision was approved by the state's Government Contract Review Committee on Tuesday, less than two weeks after a man was federally indicted for threatening Cameron on a phone line set up to receive tips regarding Taylor’s case.
The $300,000 contract was approved to run through the end of the year and allows for 24-hour security personnel each day of the week, up to 168 hours total weekly.
Cameron’s representatives told The Courier Journal that the contracted security workers will be paid $50 per hour and the contract permits multiple agencies to collaborate in the effort.
"The attorney general’s protective detail determined that given the credibility of such threats, additional personnel and resources were needed to provide the appropriate level of security," the attorney general’s spokesperson Elizabeth Kuhn said in a statement Wednesday.
"Because of the sensitive nature of the threats, we cannot provide further information," she added.
The Courier Journal reports the Department of Criminal Investigations indicated that the state police department had been contacted about threats against Cameron, but was told that "due to limited resources and other constraints, [they were] unable to provide the level of assets necessary for the request."
A Louisville police spokesperson said the agency does not confirm security details in which they are involved and the police department that serves Cameron’s neighborhood asked for any corresponding questions to be directed to the attorney general’s office.
Cameron’s office didn't discuss the exact nature of the threats, but a man in Kansas has been criminally charged with threatening Cameron.
Wesley Forrest Clay, a 29-year-old resident of Olathe, Kansas, was confirmed by the U.S. attorney’s office as the culprit who called Cameron's office and made threats to kill him, The Courier Journal reported.
“You will die if you do not give Breonna Taylor justice. That is a threat. Try me,” Clay allegedly said.
Since May, Cameron's campaign headquarters and his home have been popular locations for protester demonstrations after he was named special prosecutor over Taylor's case.
In July, a total of 87 people were arrested and originally charged with intimidation of a participant in the legal system. The felony charges were later dismissed by a Jefferson County judge who cited his decision “in the interest of justice and the promotion of the free exchange of ideas,” per The Courier Journal.
Jecorey Arthur, a Louisville Council member-elect who joined protesters seeking justice for Taylor, denounced the threats against Cameron in a series of tweets Wednesday.
"I get threats sometimes, and can't imagine what his inbox is like," Arthur wrote. "Breonna Taylor didn't deserve to die, and neither does Daniel Cameron. There are more productive ways to express our emotions."
Arthur asked that critics be mindful that the Kentucky attorney general is also a human being in a highly scrutinized job.
I get threats sometimes and can't imagine what his inbox is like. Breonna Taylor didn't deserve to die and neither does Daniel Cameron. There are more productive ways to express our emotions. https://t.co/QCcru1JYXA— Jecorey Arthur 🇺🇲 (@jecoreyarthur) October 14, 2020
“It’s less about believing him and more about believing the way that our people are feeling because I feel it too. I've seen and heard threats on his life with my own eyes and ears so yes I believe his inbox has threats,” Arthur tweeted.