Several Democratic politicians have reacted angrily to the decision of the state attorney in the US state of Kentucky to prosecute just one officer in the case of the shooting of the black woman Breonna Taylor.
Democratic leader of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, among others, expressed her anger on television at MSNBC.
“Breonna Taylor, Breonna Taylor, Breonna Taylor, say her name!” Pelosi interrupted a live MSNBC broadcast where she was speaking. Chuck Schumer, the leader of the Democrats in the Senate, calls the decision “unjust.”
“This is wrong, her life mattered. Unjust laws lead to unjust statements. This must stop,” said Schumer.
The officer is being prosecuted for endangering neighbours in the shooting, not for the death of the 26-year-old unarmed woman. He was fired earlier. Two other involved agents are not prosecuted.
Presidential candidate Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris responded less strongly than Pelosi and Schumer.
They both said they have yet to read the decree. “But one thing is certain, and that is that Breonna Taylor and her family deserve justice,” Harris told US media.