- Presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden has published an opinion essay arguing against calls from around the country to defund police.
- In the essay, Biden advocates giving police departments “an additional $300 million to reinvigorate community policing in our country.”
Across the country, a movement calling for the defunding of police departments is taking shape. In contrast to the traditional demands for reform — retraining, body cameras, etc. — defunding and outright police abolition have become mainstream views among some activists and politicians.
Joe Biden is not one of those politicians. In an opinion essay in USA Today, Biden makes crystal clear that he does not support either defunding or abolition of police. He makes clear support for the traditional police reform policies that have been implemented across the country, some say with little success.
Going further, Biden calls for “an additional $300 million to reinvigorate community policing in our country.” Instead of defunding, Biden advocates a cash infusion.
The move could prove to be politically costly to Biden as the base and left of the Democratic party increasingly call for bold action in the wake of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.