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Biden: Police Reform Is “Long Overdue”Aand Shouldn’t Wait For My Presidency

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Ed Morrissey

Posted at 2:01 pm on June 2, 2020

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Joe Biden’s probably right about police reform, but this raises a couple of questions. First off, who’s responsible for reforming the police? And just how much overdue is this reform that Biden demanded earlier today?

Neither answer really redounds to Biden’s benefit, whether he realizes it or not:
 

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ABC News ✔ @ABC

NEW: Joe Biden outlines police reform proposals in wake of death of George Floyd, and calls on Congress to begin work on them immediately. "A down payment on what is long overdue should come now." https://abcn.ws/3gLDoQi

 

First off, who’s responsible for police reform? Wouldn’t that be the political entities that have specific authority and responsibility over them? The cities and counties that run police departments set the rules and policies for law enforcement within their communities. Almost without exception, those entities are run by Democrats and have been for decades, and they negotiate with police unions that belong to national labor coalitions that fund Democratic campaigns. Republicans have almost no access to that process any longer.

Minneapolis is a particularly apt case. It has had one of the most “progressive” administrations in the country for decades; presently, it doesn’t have even one single Republican on its city council. Even though complaints about police use of lethal and non-lethal force go back decades, little has been done to conduct any sort of reform of law enforcement here, which led to the anger and unrest over George Floyd’s senseless death. For that matter, Republicans haven’t held a statewide office in Minnesota since 2010, when Tim Pawlenty ended his second gubernatorial term as the lone GOP officeholder for several years. If there is a failure in police reform in the Twin Cities, that falls entirely on the Democrats that dominate leadership in the cities, counties, and state.

But even if police reform is a federal concern, its “long overdue” status stretches back more than just three years. Jazz pointed this out on Twitter earlier:

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Jazz Shaw ✔ @JazzShaw

Who wants to remind Joe Biden that he was second-in-command when the Michael Brown and Freddie Gray riots were going down?

10:33 AM - Jun 2, 2020

 

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Where was Joe Biden in 2014-15? In the White House with Barack Obama. Where was his police reform agenda at the time? Some of these deaths flew under the radar, but a few became flashpoints for national protest — Brown and Gray certainly, but also Garner and Rice. The Obama administration and Joe Biden had plenty of opportunity to address “long overdue” police reforms and did nothing. The Garner case specifically hinged on the chokehold that Biden today demanded that Congress outlaw, which actually didn’t come into play with Floyd, who died from another kind of neck and chest compression.

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And Joe once again, puts the cart before the horse.

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AntiObama

Joe Biden should go to Disneyland in Anaheim and climb the Matterhorn Mountain and jump off.

Do the world a favor Joe and go swim in shark infested waters you dirty filthy swine sack of crap.

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Ticked@TinselTown

The Farce of Nature is at it again...

I'm surprised we didn't get a pithy rehash of  the 'police acted stupidly' and then offer beer to the rioters as a means of broadening those already ruptured avenues of communication out there...

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