Joe Biden’s Deputy State Department Spokesperson Jalina Porter has a history of believing that police are a serious threat to the US. In one Facebook post, she wrote: “The largest threat to US national security are [sic] US cops. Not ISIS, not Russian hackers, not any one or anything else.” Of course, our research provides evidence that there was no systematic racism against blacks in terms of those shot, the concern that Porter is focusing on.
Of course, this issue is nothing new to Biden. During the presidential campaign, the media fact-checkers constantly denied that Biden had ever said that he would support defunding the police, but he clearly stated comments otherwise.
After talking about America’s supposed “commitment to white supremacy,” Barkan went on to say: “The leaders of Black Lives Matter believe that we have been trying to reform police departments for many decades and it is not working. Instead, they believe that the solution is to reduce the number of interactions that civilians have with the police. We can reduce the responsibilities assigned to the police and redirect some of the funding for police into social services, mental health counseling, and affordable housing. So, for example, instead of sending two police officers with deadly weapons to that Wendy’s drive-through in Atlanta, we could have sent a wellness counselor and a tow truck, and Rayshard Brooks would still be alive today. And his three daughters would still have their daddy. Are you open to that kind of reform?” Biden responded: “Yes, I proposed that kind of reform.”
Just to assure everyone that there was no doubt in Biden’s position, Barkan later asked again, “do we agree that we can redirect some of the funding?” And Biden emphatically answered: “Yes, absolutely.”“Biden Staffer Calls Police Worse Than “Pigs,” Follows Biden’s Call To Replace Police With Social Welfare Workers,” Crime Prevention Research Center, July 17, 2020.
Other staff members in Biden’s campaign made strong statements against the police, including one who Tweeted that police are worse than pigs.