Democratic Party presidential candidate Joe Biden has promised to establish a national commission to develop a policy on cases of police excessive use of force, as in the case of African-American woman Brionne Taylor killed by law enforcement officials.
“We must continue to say her name. We have to move on. When I’m president, there will be a national commission sitting in the White House, and we will bring those parties together to ensure there is some serious reform in the police department,” he said on MSNBC Saturday.
Trump was not as categorical now as it was in June. At that time he specifically stated that he might not admit his defeat. Biden then threatened him with the military in return, and now even he has not found anything to object.
According to him, by parties, he meant the police and representatives of society.
Biden stressed that the violence was unacceptable, repeating that we should start now by countering the use of excessive force, prohibiting strangulation, and reviewing search warrants without knocking on the door, when a law enforcement officer unexpectedly breaks into the apartment at virtually any time of day.
On Wednesday, one of three policemen was charged in the case of Brionne Taylor’s death. Police officer Brett Hankinson was charged on three counts, considering that he had unreasonably put a person’s life at risk under aggravating circumstances. In particular, it was found that he shot at three apartments, not just the one where Taylor was located. However, he was not charged with causing death by negligence or murder.
Taylor, a 26-year-old ambulance worker, died in March after being shot eight times by police while executing a search warrant. The policemen opened fire after one of them was shot by a girl’s boyfriend who believed the apartment had been broken into by thieves. The name of Brionne Taylor became one of the symbols of protest against police brutality, along with the name of George Floyd, who died in custody in Minneapolis.