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Does Donald Trump or Joe Biden have the better approach to Policing? Show more Show less
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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?

Donald Trump has the better approach to Policing Show more Show less

Donald Trump vehemently rejects calls to defund or dismantle the police, and describes himself as a Law and Order president. He has also enacted some reforms seeking to improve police accountability.
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Trump is tough on Protestors

Trump sent in the federal agents to deal with protestors in Oregon. “You have to dominate. If you don’t dominate, you’re wasting your time. They’re going to run over you.”

The Argument

Protests across various American cities have erupted in violence, the destruction of property, and looting. Donald Trump has taken a hard stance against this violence and has offered various governors and mayors federal assistance by sending in federal troops to various cities to help curb protests and looting. US Marshalls have been deployed across the United States, often using tear gas and pepper balls on protestors.[1] Trump believes that this show of force will bring an end to protests and prevent continuing violence and looting from spiraling out of control. He believes that a show of force against a political movement will ultimately prevent anarchy from breaking out in American cities.[1]Trump is willing to go head to head against local governors and mayors in order to impose the type of law and order that he believes is necessary to bring protests to an end.[2]

Counter arguments

Donald Trump’s willingness to utilize the military and federal troops against American citizens who are protesting is an irresponsible use of presidential power. The majority of protests across the country are peaceful,[3] and the speed to use violence against citizenry speaks to a disregard for true order and peace within society in favor of a fascist regime.[4]

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  1. https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8565547/U-S-sending-federal-officers-Portland-protests-report.html
  2. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-unloads-on-governors-over-protest-response-tells-them-most-of-you-are-weak
  3. https://time.com/5886348/report-peaceful-protests/
  4. https://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2020-07-20/portland-worsens-under-trump
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