Black Mayors Condemn Lack of Justice for Breonna Taylor
Published on September 23, 2020
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, only one of three police officers involved in the death of Breonna Taylor was indicted -- and solely on a charge of wanton endangerment. Mayor McKinley L. Price, DDS (Newport News, VA) -- President of the African American Mayors Association -- issued the following statement.
“As a father and a public servant, this decision is deeply disturbing. Time and time again, Black people are killed at the hands of police -- and no one is held accountable. Our core societal structures enable this injustice to continue. We need clear mandates around the execution of warrants and must revamp our criminal code to ensure there are rules that properly address police misconduct. Police officers should not be trained with a ‘shoot-first’ mentality, but rather be given the tools to de-escalate situations safely.
“There is so much work to be done to achieve justice. We must continue to say Breonna Taylor’s name and fight for sweeping reforms in our criminal justice system. We encourage and commend the peaceful protestors who are advocating for anti-racist policies and laws. Lives are at stake.”