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Politics Kamala Harris and Mike Pence disagree on whether 'justice was served' in Breonna Taylor case

07:15  08 october  2020
07:15  08 october  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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During the first and only vice presidential debate Wednesday evening, Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris were asked if Breonna Taylor has received justice.

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"I don't believe so," Harris answered first, adding that she's spoken with Taylor’s mother and family.

"Her life was taken unjustifiably and tragically and violently," she said.

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When USA TODAY Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page, who moderated the debate, posed the same question to Pence, he began by saying his heart breaks for an innocent life lost and gave his sympathies to Taylor's family.

"But, I trust our justice system, a grand jury that reviews the evidence," he continued, "and it really is remarkable as a former prosecutor, you would assume that an impaneled grand jury looking at all the evidence got it wrong."

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A Jefferson County grand jury last month indicted one of the three officers who fired their weapons into the unarmed 26-year-old Black woman's Louisville home earlier this year on three counts of wanton endangerment over shots that went into a neighboring unit.

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No one is facing charges for killing Taylor. The grand jury hadn't been presented with that possibility, with prosecutors deciding Kentucky's liberal self-defense laws justified the officers' actions because Taylor's boyfriend Kenneth Walker fired at them first.

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Harris was one of the first public figures to speak out about Taylor in May and called for a federal investigation into the fatal police shooting.

She since has brought up Taylor's case when speaking about justice reform, including a call to overhaul no-knock warrants.

One of the things Biden's administration would do, Harris said at Wednesday's debate, is require a national register for police officers who break the law.

"I'm a former career prosecutor," Harris said. "I know what I'm talking about. Bad cops are bad for good cops. We need reform of our policing in America and our criminal justice system."

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Democrat Kamala Harris is about to battle Republican Vice-President Mike Pence in Salt Lake City, Utah. Under US law, the vice-president takes over presidential powers if the president is unable to carry out their duties. The duo will be separated by glass barriers as a precaution for the pandemic.

Longtime prosecutor Kamala Harris took advantage of her legal experience during Wednesday’s night’s vice presidential debate at the University of Utah. In the debate, Harris used her quarter-century of prosecutorial experience to make a case against Pence — and President Donald Trump.

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USA TODAY reporter Joey Garrison contributed to this report.

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Fact check: Viral post misstates amount of Justine Damond family settlement .
Viral posts on Facebook falsely claim Minneapolis police shooting victim Justine Damond's family received a $55 million settlement.In the weeks following that decision, outrage and frustration has erupted across social media platforms. Viral posts compare Taylor's case to Justine Damond, an unarmed white woman killed by a Minneapolis police officer in 2017.

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