- Biden argues that the brutal death of George Floyd is sufficient proof that police reforms in the US are urgently needed.
- "I promised George Floyd's family that he wouldn’t just become another hashtag — and I intend to keep that promise," he tweeted.
- Biden formally secured enough Democratic delegates Friday to be officially nominated as the party's presidential candidate.
If elected as President, Democratic nominee Joe Biden says that one of his first tasks will be to undertake police reforms and fight racism in the US. Biden’s promise is informed by the recent murder of George Floyd, an African-American that led to protests against police violence and racial disparities in the United States.
In an op-ed in Sunday’s Los Angeles Times, Biden argues that the brutal death of George Floyd is sufficient proof that police reforms in the US are urgently needed. It’s a move that the Democratic candidate intents to achieve thorough the establishment of a police reform commission, which he says he would put in place in his first 100 days in office if he is elected as the US president.
In addition, according to Biden, Congress should prohibit controversial police practices, such as any form of throat-grabbing. The transfer of weapons and equipment from the military to the police must also be stopped, and control of the local security forces needs to be improved, Biden demands. He tweeted Saturday that:
“I promised George Floyd’s family that he wouldn’t just become another hashtag — and I intend to keep that promise. We need justice. And we need real police reform to ensure this never occurs again.”
“We need to stand up as a nation — with the Black community and with all minority communities — and come together as one America. Because the pain is too immense for one community to bear alone. It is the duty of every American to grapple with it — and grapple with it now.”
The 77-year-old Biden, who was Vice President under Barack Obama, formally secured enough Democratic delegates Friday to be officially nominated as the party’s presidential candidate. He is challenging incumbent Republican President Donald Trump in the November 3 presidential election.
George Floyd’s Brutal Killing
A disgusting video recording shows how a cop pushed his knee to Floyd’s neck for a total of eight minutes as the 46-year-old Floyd cried out for help, saying that he couldn’t breathe. Later at the hospital, Floyd was pronounced dead.
The four policemen involved in the killing have since been dismissed from their positions. There have been demands that the police be prosecuted for murder.
The killing has since given rise to extensive demonstrations, not only in Minneapolis but around the United States and the world at large. It has once again raised the discussion of police brutality, especially against African Americans.
“I Can’t Breathe”
Floyd’s killing is reminiscent of Eric Garner’s, another African-American man who was killed in New York in 2014. Just like Floyd, Garner was also brutally killed by a police officer who ignored him as he cried out that he could not breathe.
The policeman that killed Garner was fired in August 2019, five years after his murder. Garner’s death, which was also filmed, also prompted extensive demonstrations in New York and elsewhere in the United States.