/  12.17.2020

Tamika Palmer, the mother of the late Breonna Taylor, wrote an open letter to President-elect Joe Biden calling on him to uphold his promises to hold police more accountable, according to The Hill.

On Tuesday (Dec. 15), The Washington Post published the letter. “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,” she wrote.

“These victims could not vote for you, so millions of us did so on their behalf. 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,” Palmer continued.

“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,” she added. 

In the letter, Palmer specifically asked Biden to appoint people to the Department of Justice who will hold police accountable for their actions — unlike the Louisville Metro Police Department officers who were accused of fatally shooting her daughter back in March.

During Biden’s presidential campaign, he urged Congress to pass laws that were focused on racial inequality and police reform. He promised to tackle certain tasks when he became president, such as “offering second chances,” “eliminating racial disparities and ensuring fair sentences,” “preventing crime and providing opportunities for all” and “reducing violence in our communities and supporting survivors of violence.”

The president-elect also said he would “appoint Justice Department leadership who will prioritize the role of using pattern-or-practice investigations to strengthen our justice system” in an effort to help “root out unconstitutional or unlawful policing.”


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