George Clooney 'ashamed' of lack of charges in killing of Breonna Taylor
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George Clooney is denouncing a grand jury’s decision in his home state of Kentucky to not bring any charges against Louisville police officers in the killing of Breonna Taylor, saying he's "ashamed."

“I was born and raised in Kentucky. Cut tobacco on the farms of Kentucky. Both my parents and my sister live in Kentucky," the "Gravity" actor said in a statement Wednesday obtained by ITK.

"I own a home in Kentucky, and I was there last month. The justice system I was raised to believe in holds people responsible for their actions," Clooney said.


"Her name was Breonna Taylor and she was shot to death in her bed by three white police officers, who will not be charged with any crime for her death," the 59-year-old Academy Award winner and human rights activist said. 

"I know the community. I know the commonwealth. And I was taught in the schools and churches of Kentucky what is right and what is wrong. I’m ashamed of this decision," Clooney added.

Clooney's remarks, which were first reported by Deadline, came just hours after a Kentucky grand jury declined to bring charges against three Louisville police officers in the March death of Taylor, a 26-year-old Black woman. A lesser count of wanton endangerment was announced against officer Brett Hankison, who was fired in June.

Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron (R) preemptively downplayed any remarks "celebrities" might make about the grand jury's decision on Wednesday, saying, “There will be celebrities, influencers and activists who have never lived in Kentucky who try to tell us how to feel, suggesting they understand the facts of this case, and that they know our community and the commonwealth better than we do.”

"But they do not," Cameron said.

—Updated at 11:34 p.m.