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Democratic-led cities efforting for defunding police spent millions on private security
Democratic-led cities efforting for defunding police spent millions on private security for mayorsAs crime surges across the nation, Democratic mayors in approximately 20 U.S. cities that have called for defunding the police have received millions in taxpayer funds towards their own personal security details, according to a new report. New data compiled by Forbes auditor Open the Books through Freedom of Information Act requests reveals that the city of Chicago, for example, spent $17.3 million between 2015 and 2020 to guard "unnamed city officials.
President Biden on Wednesday said Republicans are lying if they try to paint him and the Democratic Party as anti-police.
"They're lying," he said during a CNN town hall. "We have to change police conduct, we have to have rules where things are open, we have to have rules where you can be able to determine ... how many times a cop has violated the rules, and be able to have access to what's going on at a police department so the Justice Department can get involved in whether or not they have to change the pattern or practice."
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Don Lemon: "How do you respond to Republicans who try to paint you and your party as anti-police?"
Pres. Biden: "They're lying."- The Recount (@therecount)
He told CNN's Don Lemon, who hosted the town hall, that he "never, never" said the police should be defunded. Biden has previously emphasized his commitment to investing in police to combat crime and distanced himself from calls by some progressives to defund the police.
"I don't know any communities, particularly the communities that are in most need and the poorest and the most at risk that don't want police. They want police, though, that look at them as equals," the president said. "They don't want police abusing them."
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Biden and White House sharpen strategy to confront epic challenges
Joe Biden's presidency is only six months old, but the mood inside the White House can often feel like a race against time. © Susan Walsh/AP President Joe Biden speaks during a meeting with his Cabinet in the Cabinet Room at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. "The clock is running. We all know that," a senior adviser to Biden said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "The President certainly knows that.
He said later on that he believes police officers do not think he doesn't support them.
"They aren't saying 'Joe Biden is anti-police,' cops are not saying that about Joe Biden. They know me, period," he said. "They're not saying it.
"If police aren't doing their job, they should be held accountable, they should be fired if they're not doing their job," he added. "I make no excuses for that."
The president also reiterated his call for Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, mentioning that it would ban chokeholds. Top negotiators on policing reform on Capitol Hill - Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) - have been working on a bipartisan version of the House-passed legislation that can pass the Senate.
Biden, in response to a question Wednesday about his efforts to address gun violence, said they have to deal with the larger issue of law enforcement.
"As we need to pass the Floyd act. ... Cops are having real trouble, they're not all bad guys, there are a lot of good guys. We need more policemen, not fewer policemen, but we need them involved in community policing, community policing, and when we did that, violent crime went down," he said.
Biden has touted the American Rescue Plan, his signature economic relief bill, as a way to bring in more money for police officers and community violence interrupters. Last month, he painted himself as a supporter of law enforcement in a speech about combating crime, arguing that bolstering police will help address the uptick in crime during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Infrastructure deal: Senate suddenly acts to take up bill .
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has voted to begin work on a nearly $1 trillion national infrastructure plan, acting with sudden speed after weeks of fits and starts once the White House and a bipartisan group of senators agreed on major provisions of the package that’s key to President Joe Biden’s agenda. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate has voted to begin work on a nearly $1 trillion national infrastructure plan, acting with sudden speed after weeks of fits and starts once the White House and a bipartisan group of senators agreed on major provisions of the package that’s key to President Joe Biden’s agenda.