Breonna Taylor’s mom calls out for help from President elect Biden. Do you think he will respond?
Breonna Taylor’s mother has called on President-elect Joe Biden to open large-scale federal investigations into the death of her daughter and other Black Americans killed by police.
“Actions speak louder than words,” Tamika Palmer wrote in a full-page ad in Tuesday’s Washington Post. “We need your actions to show that you are different than those who pay lip service to our losses while doing nothing to show that our loved ones’ lives mattered.”
Taylor, 26, was fatally shot March 13 by Louisville Metro Police officers as they attempted to serve a search warrant at her apartment in Louisville, Kentucky, as part of a larger narcotics investigation.
Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker fired one shot as police used a battering ram to break in the apartment’s front door, reportedly striking Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly in the thigh. In return, Mattingly, Detective Myles Cosgrove and now-former Detective Brett Hankison fired 32 rounds, killing Taylor. No officer has been charged in her death.
Taylor’s slaying — and the subsequent decision not to charge the officers who shot her — has ignited protests across America, which Palmer notes in her letter.
The Biden campaign’s “stated commitment to prioritize police accountability” prompted people to vote for the president-elect, Palmer wrote.
Now, these voters want to see his administration act, she said. Palmer outlined steps she wants to see taken:
- Appointing Department of Justice officials with a “proven record of holding police accountable.”
- Ordering the DOJ to re-open investigations into police violence “not properly completed” during the Trump administration.
- Ordering “large-scale federal investigations” into police shootings like that of Taylor, Jacob Blake in Wisconsin and Casey Goodson in Ohio.
- Launching “robust pattern and practice investigations” into police departments across the country that are “known to cause harm.”
Lets see how soon our President will respond. No Justice, No Peace!