Kentucky Legal professional Basic Daniel Cameron responded Tuesday to critics, together with rapper Megan Thee Stallion who slammed him throughout a latest efficiency on “Saturday Night time Stay” over his dealing with of the Breonna Taylor case, saying it exposes their intolerance and hypocrisy.
Throughout the efficiency over the weekend, Megan Thee Stallion, whose actual title is Megan Pete, performed an audio clip of social justice activist Tamika Mallory saying Cameron is “no totally different than the sellout negroes that bought our individuals into slavery.” The assertion was displayed in giant white letters behind Megan Thee Stallion earlier than she mentioned: “We have to shield our Black girls and love our Black girls. ‘Trigger on the finish of the day, we want our Black girls.”
In a wide-ranging interview Tuesday on the Fox Information morning present “Fox and Associates,” Cameron, the primary Republican lawyer normal in Kentucky in additional than 70 years and the primary Black lawyer normal within the state, mentioned he agreed “that we have to love and shield our Black girls.”
“There is not any query about that,” he mentioned. “However the truth that somebody would get on nationwide tv and make disparaging feedback about me as a result of I am merely making an attempt to do my job is disgusting.”
It is neither the primary time, Cameron mentioned, nor will it’s the final time.
“On the finish of the day, my accountability is to offer details and reality and signify and arise for justice,” he mentioned.
Megan Thee Stallion’s efficiency was “a show of somebody who as a substitute needs to vogue details to a story” that’s “merely not true.”
Representatives for Megan Thee Stallion didn’t instantly return a request for remark Tuesday.
Taylor, 26, a Black medical employee, was shot and killed by Louisville, Kentucky, police officers in March during a botched raid on her apartment.
A grand jury indicted a former Louisville police officer in September on three charges of wanton endangerment. He’s accused of firing bullets into one other condo with three individuals inside, none of whom have been injured. He pleaded not responsible and is free on bond. No fees have been introduced in opposition to the opposite two white officers who fired photographs March 13. Nobody was charged for inflicting Taylor’s loss of life.
“Once more, it’s a tragedy what occurred to her however what you noticed on the display screen there and what your viewers noticed is one thing that I’ve needed to expertise as a result of I am a Black Republican, as a result of I arise for reality and justice versus giving in to a mob mentality,” Cameron mentioned. “And people are the types of issues that will probably be hurled at me on this job.”
He mentioned he confronted comparable criticism in school on the College of Louisville as a result of “I establish with a unique political ideology and subsequently that shades the best way individuals view me.
“The truth that a star that I’ve by no means met earlier than needs to make these kinds of statements, they do not damage me,” Cameron mentioned, including that it exposes “intolerance” and “hypocrisy.”
“You see lots of that from the left about being tolerant,” he mentioned. “However what you noticed there’s inconsistent with tolerance. In truth, it is her espousing intolerance as a result of I’ve determined to face up for reality and justice.”
Cameron went on to say that “there are lots of people that seem like me that are not scared anymore, which can be uninterested in the feedback and the derogatory remarks which can be made due to our political philosophy.”
The case has garnered nationwide consideration and plenty of celebrities, together with NBA star LeBron James, media mogul Oprah Winfrey and Martin Luther King Jr.’s youngest daughter, Bernice King, have known as for the officers to be charged.
Cameron was additionally requested Tuesday about an open letter addressed to him that was written by civil rights lawyer Benjamin Crump and the 2 different attorneys representing Taylor’s household. Crump has represented the households of many Black individuals killed by police.
The letter asks Gov. Andy Beshear to nominate a brand new particular prosecutor to the case, arguing Cameron “didn’t function an unbiased prosecutor” and “deliberately didn’t current fees to the grand jury.”
“That is the Ben Crump mannequin,” Cameron mentioned. “He goes right into a metropolis, creates a story, cherrypicks details to show that narrative, creates chaos in a neighborhood, misrepresents the details, after which he leaves along with his cash after which asks the neighborhood to select up the items. It’s terribly irresponsible on his half to push such narratives, such falsehoods.”
Crump tweeted Tuesday afternoon: “We would not want the ‘Ben Crump Playbook’ if @KYOAG pursued justice for Breonna Taylor within the first place. Now step apart and let somebody do the job you FAILED to do. #JusticeForBre.”
Earlier Tuesday, Crump tweeted a snippet of Megan Thee Stallion’s efficiency, saying, “What a POWERFUL efficiency by @TheeStallion on @NBCSNL! Thanks in your nod to Breonna Taylor and for reminding others to guard Black women and men as a result of Black Lives Matter!! #SayHerName.”
“Saturday Night time Stay” airs on NBC Community, which is owned by NBCUniversal, the dad or mum firm of NBC Information and NBCNews.com.
A grand juror in Taylor’s case filed a court motion last week seeking the release of the grand jury’s transcripts and permission from a decide to talk publicly. The unnamed juror’s lawyer, Kevin Glogower, mentioned every week in the past the purpose of the entire motion is to get extra into the narrative.
“It is probably not about altering the narrative,” Glogower mentioned, “it’s about opening it as much as a extra full reality for everyone to see.”