As Black Lives Matter #BLM protests shook the US in the wake of George Floyd's murder at the hands of police in Minneapolis in May 2020, the issue of police reform surged to the top of the political agenda. Policing will be a central debate in the upcoming US Election. Who has the better approach?
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Once a supporter of traditional policing, Joe Biden 's position has shifted in favour of community policing, funding reviews and an explicit acceptance of 'systemic racism' within the police force.
Former Vice President Joe Biden calls for immediate action during a time where action is required. Current protests across America call for police reform. Taking immediate action will contribute to easing tensions surrounding how the police operate, such as banning chokeholds. This policy works to ensure that the circumstances leading to the death of George Floyd do not repeat themselves.
Biden also upholds other policies which would immediately reform the police, including the creation of a national police oversight commission and ceasing the transfer of “weapons of war” to the police . A commission that oversees the police force will reduce the likelihood of police officers violating the proposed reforms. A theoretical commission ensures that the police do not engage in the use of excessive force. If a police officer does use excessive force, then they would be subject to discipline. To fuel this plan, Biden intends to raise more money to fund reform efforts .
Progressive activists, however, feel that raising money to further fund the police will not be enough. Alicia Garza, one of the cofounders of the Black Lives Matter movement, said that while Biden’s plans are an instrumental step forward, the allocation of our money in cities and states across the U.S. is critical. She went on to say that, “our budgets, from city to Congress are bloated with police funding” .