Where Does Joe Biden Actually Stand On Defunding The Police?


Former Vice President Biden repeatedly said through June that he does not support defunding the police. But the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee most recently said he’d “absolutely” support re-directing officer funding. The movement to defund the police intends to divert a portion of funds intended for law enforcement for other initiatives and programs.

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s stance on police funding has become ambiguous after he recently indicated that he was willing to redirect money after previously insisting that he was not in favor of the movement.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee said this month that he “absolutely” agreed that tax dollars could be redirected away from police and to other initiatives and social programs, which defines the intention behind the defund the police movement. But before his July 8 comments, Biden repeatedly said he opposed the concept of defunding law enforcement.

“I do not support defunding police,” the presumptive Democratic nominee wrote in a June USA Today op-ed. “The better answer is to give police departments the resources they need to implement meaningful reforms, and to condition other federal dollars on completing those reforms.”

In fact, in the op-ed, Biden proposed a $300 million federal increase to “reinvigorate community policing in our country.”

The funds would be directed to the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Program, a pre-existing federal program that Biden says wasn’t properly funded, according to his campaign website. The COPS Program, which was created in 1994, was set to provide funding for crime prevention and sought to bolster the relationship between police officers and civilians, according to the Department of Justice.

“Every single police department should have the money it needs to institute real reforms like adopting a national use of force standard, buying body cameras and recruiting more diverse police officers,” Biden wrote.

Nearly one-third of people surveyed across four June polls support calls to defund the police, according to FiveThirtyEight. The “defund the police” movement gained traction following George Floyd’s, death in police... (Read more)

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