Biden’s Campaign Distances Itself From Push to Defund Police Departments

In the wake of George Floyd’s death, a new push to defund police departments has sprung up.

And Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s (D) campaign says the former vice president is not on board with that push.

In a statement on Monday, Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said, “As his criminal justice proposal made clear months ago, Vice President Biden does not believe that police should be defunded.”

“He hears and shares the deep grief and frustration of those calling out for change, and is driven to ensure that justice is done and that we put a stop to this terrible pain,” Bates added.

He continued:

“Biden supports the urgent need for reform — including funding for public schools, summer programs, and mental health and substance abuse treatment separate from funding for policing — so that officers can focus on the job of policing. This also means funding community policing programs that improve relationships between officers and residents, and provides the training that is needed to avert tragic, unjustifiable deaths.”

Read the statement below:

Bates’ statement comes shortly after Tim Murtaugh, the Communications Director for President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, claimed that Biden supported defunding police departments.

On a call with reporters, Murtaugh said, “As the protesters like to say, silence is agreement. By his silence, Joe Biden is endorsing defunding the police.”

After Floyd, an unarmed black man died after a Minneapolis police officer pinned him to the ground by placing his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes, protests erupted around the country as Americans took to the streets to demand change and police reforms — including stripping departments of funding.

Some activists in Washington, D.C., painted the words “Defund The Police” in yellow letters on a street near the White House and a “Black Lives Matter” mural.

When asked if the city would remove the mural calling to defund the police, Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) said, “Well, it’s not a part of the mural, and we certainly encourage expression, but we are using the city streets for city art.”

When she was pressed on whether it would be removed, she said that she had not had an “opportunity to review it.”

Some politicians have voiced their support for the movement. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) previously tweeted his support for the push to defund police departments that violate civil rights.

And New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) vowed on Sunday that he would cut funding for the New York Police Department. 

However, when Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D) did not commit to defunding the police department, protesters began to shout “Shame! Shame!” and “Go home, Jacob, go home!”

Responses

  1. Defund, disband police, and then what? The US is a violent country with a violent culture. People don’t want to be left at the mercy of predators and other criminals.

  2. Cops shouldn’t even have to police in black controlled areas. Let the thugs police themselves. See now everyone is happy.

      1. Because that’s precisely the job they are paid to do. Many cops are black.

  3. “Every police department violating people’s civil rights must be stripped of federal funding.” – Sanders. There goes your gun control, Bernie. Better have a bunker in your home. Of course, what you gonna do when your food runs out? What a moron.

  4. If Kaiser Wilhelm of NYC defunds the police, he’ll have to hide for as long as he can. If he shows his face, he’ll be gone. No more gun control, no more laws, no more protection. The Apocalypse will be here. Only the strong, with guns will survive. These Democrats don’t think!!

  5. Biden is a two faced Democrat that goes whichever way the wind blows him. He’ll never take a firm stand. Democrats in Congress want the nation to defund the police. Please do it. I want to see it. It will result in the war that will settle this BS once and for all. Police stand down, military stand down. Protests will end quickly!! Democrats will be gone, no more complaining.

  6. I guess you can’t edit your comment.
    No, Biden is too much of a Wuss to actually stand there like a man.

  7. The Biden campaign polled, “defunding the police,” after Biden sided with the far left and saw it was not supported by the majority on either side of the political aisle. If Biden was operating on all cylinders he would have easily recalled the Democrats and police unions support each other. Democrats have no core convictions except for what can get them elected and keep them in power. Their loyal voters never get that the politicians they elect get what they want but they never do. Biden and his record of performance couldn’t make it anymore clearer. Take off your blinders and see the light.

  8. Can’t he stand out there and face the protestors like the mayor in Minnesota did? Biden can’t think for himself and stands for nothing. actually sing for himself can’t do it he’s too much of a worse

  9. Can we hear him say that himself? Can we actually hear a reporter ask him that question and watch him stumble to answer it,probably change his mind mid-stream

  10. Of course Bunker Baby’s grotesque campaign would make the claim.

    Silence is far worse than sham sympathy, phony concern and blatant

    aggrandizing of and misrepresentation of Mr Floyd’s death by THE

    PSYCHOPATH-IN-CHIEF tramplethinskin to it and him.

    1. Johnnie, when the police depts are dismantled and your protection gone, please go outside and spew your BS.

    2. Hey Johnny, Trump2020! It’s coming and we can’t wait to see your liberal idiot tears burn 😂

      1. You are living proof that trumpukelicans are delusional assholes

        with standards lower than the Mariana Trench Victoria.

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