Wanda Cooper-Jones, the mother of Ahmaud Arbery, speaks words of encouragement to Tamika Palmer, the mother of Breonna Taylor.
On Thursday — the day after Travis McMichael, his father Greg McMichael, and William R. Bryan were indicted by a grand jury on malice and felony murder charges for Arbery’s death — Cooper-Jones appeared on “TMZ Live” to speak about her upcoming meeting with Palmer. Per the outlet, Cooper-Jones flew from Georgia to Kentucky Wednesday night to speak with Palmer the next day.
As to why she wanted to reach out to Palmer and her family, Cooper-Jones told the entertainment news show, “My heart goes out to her and to the entire family. I know it has to be very uncomfortable to know that your child was taken away and no one went to jail for it as of yet. So I want to let her know that I support her, I’m standing with her, and eventually that things will happen.”
When asked what she would say to Palmer to guide her through these dark times, Cooper-Jones answered, “First and foremost, I would say just don’t give up. Pray about it. Basically, don’t give up. Don’t give up. She cannot give up. She must continue to fight. She must continue to be hopeful, because things will happen.”
Despite her own tragedies, Cooper-Jones is thankful for the outpouring of support she received following her son’s death.
“I think back often on how I made it through. And I made it through from the strength of other people. And if I could be that strength for someone else, I want to be that strength,” she said.
Travis, Greg, and William each face one charge of malice murder, four charges of felony murder, two charges of aggravated assault, one charge of false imprisonment, and one charge of criminal attempt to commit false imprisonment for the death of Arbery, who was killed February 23 while jogging in a Georgia suburb.
Taylor was fatally shot March 23 when Det. Brett Hankison, Sgt. Jonathan Mattingly, and Det. Myles Cosgrove entered her Louisville, Kentucky, apartment on a no-knock search warrant while in plainclothes.
Though Hankison was officially fired on June 23 for his involvement in Taylor’s death, he and the other two officers have yet to be arrested and/or charged for the killing.
After her meeting with Palmer, TMZ reports that Cooper-Jones will sit down with lawmakers and local activists to demand justice for Taylor.