Brooklyn Park Case Inspires Brittany Clardy Act, Proposed New Federal Office
The story of Brittany Clardy continues to resonate across the country. She was 18 years old when her body was found in a car towed away from a Brooklyn Park apartment complex.
She had fallen into prostitution. The man she met, later identified as Alberto Palmer, brutally beat and murdered her. Palmer was convicted for the crime, which occurred in 2013. He would receive a 40-year prison sentence.
Today, Clardy’s story is behind a bill, the Brittany Clardy Act, which proposes to create a new federal office. The proposal by U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-5th District, would create an office for missing and murdered Black women and girls. Her bill would still need to garner support in the Republican-led U.S. House.
Omar’s bill follows groundbreaking legislation approved last spring in Minnesota that creates a state office to help with the issue.
Statistics show that while Black women make up only 7 percent of the population in Minnesota, they represent 40 percent of domestic violence victims and are three times more likely to be murdered than white women.