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Biden says he’d establish police oversight board in first 100 days

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Democrat presidential nominee, Joe Biden, announced on Monday that he would establish a police oversight board within the first 100 days of his presidency.

Biden was at Bethel AME Church in Delaware meeting with political and faith leaders when he made the announcement.

“Hate just hides. It doesn’t go away, and when you have somebody in power who breathes oxygen into the hate under the rocks, it comes out from under the rocks,” said Biden.

The former vice president and U.S. Senator said there needs to be a change in the way police officers are trained. He suggested that officers confronted with a person without a firearm coming towards them “could shoot them in the leg instead of the heart.”

“In the Obama administration, we set up, in the Justice Department, the ability for the Civil Rights Division to go in and look at the practices and policies of police departments. That’s why we were able to stop stop-and-frisk. We need to re-establish that with more teeth in it. Because we also have to fundamentally change the way in which police are trained,” Biden said.

Biden also held a virtual roundtable on Monday with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot. The leaders discussed ways cities could find a balance between safety and allowing protestors to gather.

“We need this anger to compel us to move forward,” Biden told the mayors at the beginning of the meeting.

The mayors talked about how their cities are dealing with community policing and establishing greater trust between their citizens and the police.

“Our city is hurting and America is hurting,” said Bottoms. “People are being heard and my hope is that their voices and their outcry does not get lost in the destruction.”

Bottoms has long been a supporter of Biden’s and some believe her to be a possible VP pick for his campaign. Biden singled her out during the meeting. 

“You’ve been incredible. Your passion, composure and balance have all been incredible,” Biden said.

The number one request from the mayors was short term financial help to make up for deficits that have resulted from the coronavirus. Biden said if elected, he would send federal resources to help cities in this time of financial crisis.

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