George Clooney is speaking out after Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron warned that those who “have never lived in Kentucky” including “celebrities, influencers and activists” will try to “influence our thinking or capture our emotions” in wake of the Breonna Taylor decision.
“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,” said Cameron on Wednesday while announcing the grand jury decision. “But they do not.”
Kentucky native Clooney countered Cameron’s statement and expressed that he as someone with knowledge of the community is “ashamed” of the decision to bring no charges against Louisville police for the killing of Taylor.
“I was born and raised in Kentucky. Cut tobacco on the farms of Kentucky. Both my parents and my sister live in Kentucky. I own a home in Kentucky, and I was there last month,” Clooney said in a statement sent to The Hollywood Reporter.
He added, “The justice system I was raised to believe in holds people responsible for their actions. Her name was Breonna Taylor and she was shot to death in her bed by 3 white police officers, who will not be charged with any crime for her death.”
Clooney went on to say that despite Cameron’s remarks about Hollywood stars, he does in fact “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 said.
Clooney’s remarks join the outcry Wednesday as Taylor’s case, along with the killing of George Floyd in Minnesota, has been a subject of nationwide protests that have demanded police reform.
Earlier this year, Clooney penned a guest column for The Guardian in which he called for urgent action to be taken to combat the racism “pandemic” occurring in the country.