Joe Biden blasts Breonna Taylor decision, says equal justice ‘not answered’
The Democratic presidential nominee said Taylor, who was killed in a botched police drug raid in March, was “shot in her own home by the police.”
“In the wake of her tragic death, we mourn with her mother, family, and community and ask ourselves whether justice could be equally applied in America,” Biden said in a statement. “I know for so many people today’s decision does not answer that call.”
Biden’s statement issued late Wednesday was in response to a grand jury’s decision not to indict the Louisville officers involved in Taylor’s shooting for murder.
One officer, Brett Hankison, was indicted on a charge of wanton endangerment for firing shots into Taylor’s neighboring apartment.
The announcement led to protests in Louisville and other cities across the country, including New York.
Two police officers in Louisville were shot during the demonstrations on Wednesday evening and are recovering after suffering non-life-threatening injuries.
In his statement, Biden noted that a federal investigation into the shooting is continuing, but called for measures to be taken immediately.
“We do not need to wait for the final judgment of that investigation to do more to deliver justice for Breonna. We know what is necessary,” he said.
“We need to start by addressing the use of excessive force, banning chokeholds, and overhauling no-knock warrants,” he continued.
Biden also condemned violent backlash, saying he understands that people are “frustrated and they have a right to peacefully protest, but violence is never acceptable.”
He and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris, echoed the rallying cries of Taylor’s supporters, saying “we must continue to speak Breonna Taylor’s name.”
“We must never stop speaking Breonna’s name as we work to reform our justice system, including overhauling no-knock warrants,” Harris said in a Twitter post.
President Trump also addressed the protests, calling for “law and order” and offering prayers to the two police officers who were shot.
“Praying for the two police officers that were shot tonight in Louisville, Kentucky,” he tweeted. “The Federal Government stands behind you and is ready to help.”