Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said that officers involved in the shootings of Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor should be charged, while also calling for an investigation into a person who shot and killed a supporter of President Donald Trump in Portland last weekend.
“They should be investigated and it should follow through on what needs to be done,” he said a news conference in Delaware on Wednesday. “Let the judicial system work. Lets make sure justice is done.”
The former vice president will visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Thursday. Blake, who had a warrant out for his arrest for sexual assault and allegedly had a knife, was shot several times by Kenosha police officers who were responding to a woman who previously accused him of assault, leading to several nights of unrest, arson, looting, and violence.
Taylor, meanwhile, was shot and killed in March in Kentucky after police officers entered with a no-knock warrant while she was asleep. Her boyfriend fired at the officers, believing they were home invaders, before the officers returned fire, killing the woman.
The incidents have sparked Black Lives Matter protests, and, along with George Floyds death, triggered a wave of violence and civil unrest.
This week, Trump visited Kenosha to observe burned-down businesses.
The president has not called for charges against police officers. He said the shooting in Portland was “disgraceful” and also said 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse was acting in self-defense when he shot two people in Kenosha. Video footage appeared to show Rittenhouse, who was charged with murder by local prosecutors, being attacked by sRead More From Source