Breonna Taylor’s mother Tamika Palmer is still fighting for justice for her daughter. She is also asking Joe Biden to keep his promises as it relates to police accountability.
In a December 15 open letter for The Washington Post, Palmer wrote, “Your campaign’s stated commitment to prioritize police accountability prompted so many of us to vote this year. For many Americans, a vote for you was a vote for Breonna, Jacob Blake, Casey Goodson and so many others who have been failed repeatedly by the criminal justice system under the current administration. These victims could not vote for you, so millions of us did so on their behalf.”
She continued, “Now, we need you to fight for Breonna and for the other families that have joined the sad sisterhood and brotherhood of people who have lost loved ones to police violence. Actions speak louder than words. 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.”
Palmer asked Biden to appoint “people to the Department of Justice with a proven record of holding police accountable” and order “large scale federal investigations into cases of police brutality, like the shootings of Jacob Blake, Casey Goodson, and of course, my daughter.”
Palmer also added, “We fought for you. It is now your turn to fight for us.”
After midnight on March 13, former officer Brett Hankison, Det. Myles Cosgrove and Sgt. John Mattingly executed a botched “no-knock” warrant at Taylor’s apartment which she shared with her boyfriend Kenneth Walker.
Believing they were intruders, Walker fired his weapon and gunfire from the officers ensued. The 26-year old Taylor was struck six times and died. Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron claimed the warrant was not a no-knock and the police announced themselves prior to entering the apartment.
On Sept. 23, a grand jury returned three counts of “wanton endangerment” in the first degree against Hankinson for firing into another apartment. A $15,000 cash bond was also attached to the charges. The other two officers, Mattingly and Cosgrove, were not charged and remain on the force. Hankinson was fired in July.
Attempted murder charges were initially filed against Walker for firing a shoot in his own home when he thought people were breaking in. All charges were dropped in May but Hankinson has recently filed a civil lawsuit against Walker, calling his behavior “intolerable.”
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