Joe Biden: Some Funding For Police Departments Should ‘Yes, Absolutely’ Be Redirected

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On Wednesday, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said in an interview that some funding should “absolutely” be redirected from police, amid calls from some in his party to “defund the police” following protests across the country.

Biden’s campaign has said he does not support defunding the police. But in a Now This interview with activist Ady Barkan, the presumptive Democratic nominee said that police forces don’t need surplus military equipment, saying this is what leads them to “become the enemy” in a community, Fox News reported.

“But do we agree that we can redirect some of the [police] funding?” Ady Barkan asked.

Joe Biden responded: “Yes, absolutely.”

“Surplus military equipment for law enforcement, they don’t need that. The last thing you need is an up-armored Humvee coming into a neighborhood, it’s like the military invading,” Biden suggested.

“They don’t know anybody. They become the enemy. They’re supposed to be protecting these people,” Biden added. Video Below

Biden’s official remarks:

In early June, the Biden campaign said that Biden does not believe that police should be defunded.

“As his criminal justice proposal made clear months ago, Vice President Biden does not believe that police should be defunded,” Biden campaign Rapid Response Director Andrew Bates said at the time. “He hears and shares the deep grief and frustration of those calling out for change, and is driven to ensure that justice is done and that we put a stop to this terrible pain.”

Bates added that Biden supports “the urgent need for reform,” which he said includes “funding for public schools, summer programs, and mental health and substance abuse treatment separate from funding for policing — so that officers can focus on the job of policing.

Following Biden’s remarks on Wednesday, Trump 2020 campaign rapid response director Andrew Clark wrote on Twitter that it looked like Biden had “changed his position” on defunding police, attaching a clip from the Now This interview. Continued Below

However, Biden’s campaign denied that the former vice president changed his position.

“I’d like to thank Donald Trump – for hiring an illiterate comms staff. Biden is running on *more* COPS funding for community policing,” Bates, Biden’s director of rapid response, shot back. “The same sentiment you’re taking out of context RE: local budgets is *in* the articles about him opposing defunding.”

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Meanwhile, Twitterverse jumped on Biden’s remarks:

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