US 2020 Election Does Joe Biden Support Defunding The Police


US 2020 Election Does Joe Biden Support Defunding The Police

President Trump has claimed that his Democratic rival for the presidency, Joe Biden, supports the idea of defunding the police.

Mr Biden says he will not take money away from police forces. He wants to invest in community projects and social programmes to lessen the burden on the police.

There have been calls to divert money from the police to spend on other services, after the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer in May.

What has Biden promised on police funding?

A statement from Mr Biden’s communications team on 8 June said he supported the need for reform, focusing on funding educational programmes as well as mental health and drug abuse treatment projects, to allow police officers to focus on the job of policing.

These programmes should be separate from funding for the police, it says.

In an interview with CBS News in June, Mr Biden said he didn’t support defunding the police, adding: “I support conditioning federal aid to police, based on whether or not they meet certain basic standards of decency…”

Mr Biden also wrote an opinion piece that month in USA Today, stating: “While I do not believe federal dollars should go to police departments violating people’s rights or turning to violence as the first resort, I do not support defunding police.”

Why is Biden accused of supporting defunding?

An interview Mr Biden gave in July led to accusations that he did support taking money from the police, after an edited version was posted on Twitter by Republican Congressman Steve Scalise.

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In this version, Mr Biden answers “Yes” to a question about whether he agrees with redirecting funding.

President Trump referred to this when addressing the Republican Party convention, adding that if Mr Biden became president “the radical left will defund police departments across America.”

US 2020 Election Does Joe Biden Support Defunding The Police

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