October 7, 2020 - Pence Derides “Rioters and Looters” in Racial Justice Response

Both Harris and Pence are asked in the vice presidential debate if, “In the case of Breonna Taylor, was justice done?” Taylor was killed by Louisville police in her own home. Harris responds, “I don’t believe so, and I’ve talked with Breonna’s mother, Tamika Palmer, and her family, and her family deserves justice,” adding, “We need reform of our policing in America and our criminal justice system” and mentioning the murder of George Floyd as another example to spur reform. Asked the same question, Pence responds, “Well our heart breaks for the loss of any innocent American life, and the family of Breonna Taylor has our sympathies. But I trust our justice system, a grand jury that reviews the evidence.” He goes on to welcome his guest at the debate, a Black woman business owner whose salon was burned during the racial justice protests in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Pence says: “There’s no excuse for what happened to George Floyd. Justice will be served. But there’s also no excuse for the rioting and looting that followed. I mean, it really is astonishing. Flora Westbrook is with us here tonight in Salt Lake City. Just a few weeks ago, I stood at what used to be her salon, was burned to the ground. By rioters and looters. And Flora is still trying to put her life back together. And I must tell ya, this, this presumption that you hear consistently from Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, that America is systemically racist. That as Joe Biden said, that he believes that law enforcement has an implicit bias against minorities, is a great insult to the men and women who serve in law enforcement. And I want everyone to know, who puts on the uniform of law enforcement every day, that President Trump and I stand with you.”