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

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

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.

Trump attacks the movement to 'Defund the Police'

Trump accuses Democrats of engaging in an “anti-cop crusade” while violent crime rises in the cities they control. “We will never, ever defund our police. OK? That I can tell you. We are not defunding police”.

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.”

Trump tells police "don't be too nice!"

Trump is tough on criminals. “When you guys put somebody in the car and you're protecting their head...?. I said, you can take the hand away, okay?”

Trump's June 16th Executive Order sets out clear reforms

Trump's proposed reforms include a) independent credentialling and proper training for officers, b) a misconduct database, c) greater cooperation with social services.

Joe Biden has the better approach to Policing

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.

Biden believes in shrinking the US prison population

Joe Biden would reduce the number of prisoners and reduce federal spending on incarceration. "These savings should be reinvested in the communities impacted by mass incarceration."

Biden will tackle inequality within the Criminal Justice System

Biden acknowledges and will address systemic inequality: "Black mothers and fathers should feel confident that their children are safe walking the streets of America."

Biden will pivot the justice system towards rehabilitation

Biden has declared that "Making sure formerly incarcerated individuals have the opportunity to be productive members of our society is not only the right thing to do, it will also grow our economy."

Biden proposes immediate police reform

Biden's proposals include preventing choke holds, preventing 'weapons of war' being acquired by local police agencies, and creating a national use-of-force standard.

Biden would invest a further $300M in community policing

Rather than defunding the police, Biden would add more funding for local police efforts to build better relationships with the communities they serve.

Neither Candidate's approach to Policing is good

On both Left and Right, many people believe neither of the candidates have the right approach to Policing.

The only viable option is to Defund the Police

Defund the Police and other progressive groups believe neither candidates' policies go far enough and demand "that the federal government permanently ends and ceases any further appropriation of funding to local law enforcement in any form".

This page was last edited on Thursday, 6 Aug 2020 at 07:20 UTC

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