Biden is accused of ‘bashing the blue’ after saying there is a ‘deep sense of distrust’ toward cops by Black and brown Americans and the ‘trauma’ caused by deaths in police custody’
President Joe Biden said Saturday that there is ‘a deep sense of distrust’ of law enforcement that has been ‘exacerbated’ by the recent deaths of black and brown people in police custody.
‘These deaths have resulted in a profound fear, trauma, pain and exhaustion for many black and brown Americans,’ Biden said in a statement, ‘and the resulting breakdown in trust between law enforcement and the communities they have sworn to protect and serve ultimately makes officers’ jobs harder and more dangerous as well.’
His statement drew criticism from those who felt the president was scapegoating police officers.
‘This week we pause to pay respect to our law enforcement officers, particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect their communities,’ Jason Johnson, president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund told Fox News.
President Joe Biden is being criticized for comments he made that some feel are overly critical of police officers
‘It is beyond disappointing to see the president of the United States continue to perpetuate false and hurtful myths about police, rather than uniting as he claimed he would during the campaign.’
The president started his Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week remarks thanking law enforcement for the sacrifice and hard work, especially during the coronavirus pandemic.
‘Every morning, our Nation’s law enforcement officers pin on a badge and go to work, not knowing what the day will bring, and hoping to come home safely,’ Biden said.
But his tone shifted by the middle of his statement, which focused on changing policing and holding officers accountable for misconduct.
All levels of government and law enforcement ‘must protect constitutional rights, ensure accountability for misconduct and embrace policing that reflects community values and ensures community safety.’