Jamaal Bowman on Breonna Taylor decision: “this is not justice”

“This is why ending qualified immunity and no-knock warrants is paramount in the mission for police reform, and why both provisi
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Bowman: “After 6 months, only one of the officers who invaded Breonna Taylor’s home and shot and killed her in her sleep will finally face criminal charges...This is not justice."
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Jamaal Bowman, the Democratic nominee and likely next member of Congress in NY-16, has released the following statement on today’s announcement that charges have been filed against one of the Louisville police officers who shot and killed Breonna Taylor:

“After 6 months, only one of the officers who invaded Breonna Taylor’s home and shot and killed her in her sleep will finally face criminal charges. Not for murdering Breonna -- for putting her neighbors in danger in the process.

“This is not justice. Not when two officers responsible for Breonna’s death will be facing no criminal charges whatsoever. Not when none of the three officers will face any charges for her murder. Not when police officers around the country routinely face no consequences for taking Black lives. If our systems cannot protect Black lives, then they must be transformed.

“This is why ending qualified immunity and no-knock warrants is paramount in the mission for police reform, and why both provisions were included in the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. Drafted and led by the Congressional Black Congress. This legislation passed the House but has been blocked in the Republican Senate – one more reason why we need to fight to not only defeat Donald Trump this November, but take back the Senate as well.

“Because it shouldn’t take 6 months, and massive nationwide protests, for a single police officer to be held accountable. And it shouldn’t take her name being turned into a rallying cry around the world for a Black woman and her family to have a chance at finding some small amount of justice.”

About Jamaal Bowman

Jamaal Bowman is the Democratic nominee and likely next Member of Congress in New York’s 16th District, representing parts of Westchester County and the Bronx. Dr. Bowman has been an educator and advocate for public schools for over 20 years and most recently served as principal for the Cornerstone Academy for Social Action (CASA), a public middle school he founded in 2009 in the Baychester neighborhood of The Bronx. He is a life-long New Yorker who now lives in Yonkers with his wife and their three kids.

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