Breonna Taylor's Mother Reminds Biden

Tamika Palmer took out a full-page ad to address the president-elect
By Bob Cronin,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2020 6:10 PM CST
Breonna Taylor's Mother Lists Steps for Biden
Tamika Palmer, right, the mother of Breonna Taylor, attends a news conference in Louisville in September.   (AP Photo/Darron Cummings, File)

Breonna Taylor's mother took out a full-page ad in the Washington Post to send President-elect Joe Biden a message. "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," Tamika Palmer wrote. Taylor was shot to death in her apartment in March by Louisville police looking for drugs. Palmer's letter reminded Biden that his "stated commitment to prioritize police accountability" was one reason people voted for him, USA Today reports. The nationwide protests that followed her daughter's death also called for police accountability, she said, per CNN. "So far, we have seen none."

Palmer included several actions she wants Biden to take, per USA Today, including:

  • Appointing Department of Justice officials with a "proven record of holding police accountable."
  • Ordering that any DOJ investigations into police violence that were not completed during the Obama administration be reopened.
  • Launching major federal investigations into police shootings, including the ones involving Jacob Blake in Wisconsin and Casey Goodson in Ohio.
  • Investigation police departments "known to cause harm."
(More Breonna Taylor stories.)

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