Biden: Grand Jury Decision ‘Does Not Answer The Call’ For Breonna Taylor Justice

NEW CASTLE, DE - SEPTEMBER 18: Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to reporters about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg upon arrival at New Castle County Airport after a trip to Duluth, Minnesota on September 18, 2020 in New Castle, Delaware. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
NEW CASTLE, DE - SEPTEMBER 18: Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to reporters about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg upon arrival at New Castle County ... NEW CASTLE, DE - SEPTEMBER 18: Democratic presidential nominee and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks to reporters about the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg upon arrival at New Castle County Airport after a trip to Duluth, Minnesota on September 18, 2020 in New Castle, Delaware. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said Wednesday that a grand jury decision not to charge three police officers in the shooting death of Breonna Taylor “does not answer the call” for justice sought by many Americans.

“I know for so many people today’s decision does not answer that call,” Biden said in a statement issued late Wednesday.

The comments come after earlier this month, Biden said that the officers involved in the shootings of Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor should be charged.

I do think there’s a minimum need to be charged,” Biden said ahead of a visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin, adding: “let’s make sure justice is done.”

The Democratic presidential candidate, who has made battling systemic racism a key message in his campaign, said that while the federal investigation is ongoing, “we do not need to wait for the final judgment of that investigation to do more to deliver justice for Breonna.” 

Biden listed off a number of policing issues that have been debated by Congress and that fall under the umbrella of policing, one of six topics selected for the first presidential debate next week.  In his statement, Biden reissued a call to address the use of excessive force, demanded the banning chokeholds, and said that no-knock warrants should be overhauled. 

“We can express pain, grief, anger, and disappointment at the way things are, but remain focused on rebuilding trust in our communities and delivering change that can be,” Biden wrote.

While acknowledging the right to peacefully protest for justice, Biden condemned violence, saying in a tweet Wednesday that following reports that two officers had been shot after the decision was delivered that those who engage in violence “must be held accountable.”

Earlier on Wednesday, the Democratic presidential nominee urged protesters not to “sully” Breonna Taylor’s legacy with violence, saying, “it’s totally inappropriate for that to happen. She wouldn’t want it nor would her mother.”

President Donald Trump and a number of Republican lawmakers have seized on recent protests spurred by calls for racial justice and painted them as largely violent and destructive. Under the banner of “law and order” President Trump has sought to smear Democrat-led states as overrun with a “mob” of violent “Radical Left” anarchists.

Attorney General Bill Barr even pushed for sedition charges against some protestors according to a recent report from The New York Times.

In a news conference Wednesday, President Trump praised Kentucky attorney general Daniel Cameron, a Republican, who delivered a statement announcing that no officer would be charged, calling him “a star” and “really brilliant.”

In 2016, Cameron was invited to speak at a Black Voices for Trump campaign event in Atlanta in an effort to shore up support among Black voters. Then, last month, Cameron was selected to deliver remarks slamming Biden at the Republican National Convention.

“I think it was a terrific statement,” Trump said of Cameron’s emotional delivery of the grand jury decision.

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  1. This decision is a travesty that represents the double-standard where police have a lower burden of responsibility than citizens and this shielding of incompetent if not corrupt police will continue to erode the trust of people in their police forces while giving a greenlight to further atrocities.

  2. Avatar for jinnj jinnj says:

    The absurdity of the incongruity between a relatively swift & very large settlement related to a death caused by law enforcement … and essentially a finding of no responsibility by any of law enforcement … is both bizarre and dishonest and morally corrupt.

  3. Daniel Cameron’s only experience in law is working on Mitch McConnell’s staff. He is ill equipped to be anyone’s AG, yet…he’s there.

    Nice messaging from Biden, “Does not answer the Call”.

  4. Appropriate response that should be enough to assure police hes on their side too but it won’t because they’ve been given a taste of authoritarianism in their defense…and they liked it.

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