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QUESTIONS: Grand Jury tape of Breonna Taylor case to be released Wednesday

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A tape recording of the Kentucky grand jury proceedings in the Breonna Taylor case will be released on Wednesday after an anonymous juror filed a legal complaint saying the Kentucky Attorney General, Daniel Cameron, misrepresented the case.

The juror said they had not been offered “the option of indicting the two officers who fatally shot the young woman.” The public will find out on Wednesday if that was the case and the details surrounding the case.

The juror said they had not been offered “the option of indicting the two officers who fatally shot the young woman.”

Taylor’s case, is one of many that has spurred nationwide protests and riots across the country. The grand jury indicted the former Louisville police officer for wanton endangerment during the raid that took the life of Taylor.  

However, the other two officers who also fired shots, were not indicted. Moreover, no one was charged for causing Ms. Taylor’s death.

According to reports the former Louisville police officer, Brett Hankison, who was a detective at the time, fired into the sliding glass patio door and window of Ms. Taylor’s apartment. The windows were covered with blinds, so shooting into the apartment was in violation of a department policy. The department, according to reports, requires officers to have a line of sight when they fire their weapons, meaning that they can see what they are firing at.

The three officers, which included Hankison, were dismissed from the force. The letter of termination according to The New York Times stated that that he showed “an extreme indifference to the value of human life.”

There are a lot of questions connected to the Taylor case that still need to be answered but in my opinion the most important one is the one we’re not dealing with: police officer training.

We saw in the case of George Floyd the extensive use of force that led to his killing and in Taylor’s case a failure to follow proper protocol and training when firing a weapon.

I wonder if what we’re seeing has more to do with improper training than racism.

It’s a question worth asking and looking into.

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Biden frees Venezuelan President Maduro’s drug dealing relatives in prisoner swap

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President Biden freed two of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s relatives Saturday in exchange for seven jailed Americans. The two nephews of Maduro’s wife Cilia Flores, had been convicted in the United States for drug dealing and sentenced to 18 years in prison, according to the BBC.

According to the report, the swap was in exchange for five American oil executives. Those Americans were “exchanged for two of Mr Maduro’s wife’s nephews, who were serving 18-year sentences in the US on drug charges,” the officials told the BBC. Maduro’s nephews were convicted under the Trump administration and the Venezuelan government claims that they were “unjustly” jailed in the United States.

In a statement from the White House Saturday, Biden said the American’s were  “wrongfully detained.”  He said the American’s  would soon be reunited with their relatives, according to reports.

“Today, we celebrate that seven families will be whole once more. To all the families who are still suffering and separated from their loved ones who are wrongfully detained – know that we remain dedicated to securing their release,” the Biden statement added.

Meanwhile, 13 Republican members of Congress sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, requesting more information on “the intelligence report” that alleges Maduro is emptying his prisons and allowing them to head to the United States in the caravans that crossing the porous border.

The letter states that the report warns Border Patrol agents to be on the look-out for “violent criminals from Venezuela among the migrant caravans heading towards the U.S.-Mexico border.”

“It has been widely reported that the Venezuelan regime, under the control of Nicolás Maduro Moros, is deliberately releasing violent prisoners early, including inmates convicted of ‘murder, rape, and extortion,’ and pushing them to join caravans heading to the United States,” the letter states.

You can follow Sara A. Carter on Twitter @SaraCarterDC.

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