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After delivering an emotional and and unifying message for the funeral service of George Floyd, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden pivoted to addressing the serious issues surrounding Floyd’s murder at the hands of police in Minneapolis, Minn.
Floyd’s May 25 murder has sparked nationwide protests, with Americans seeking significant reforms to reign in brutal and racist police and increasingly militarized police departments.
One such idea which is emerging is that of “defunding the police,” which is a shorthand which describes cutting the budgets of police departments and redirect the funds to programs for the community.
Although defunding police is an idea growing in force since Floyd’s death, many politicians remain wary.
“I don’t believe police should be defunded, but I think the conditions should be placed upon them where departments are having to take significant reform relating to that,” Biden said. “We should set up a national use-of-force standard. If they don’t sign onto it, then in fact, they don’t get any of the federal money.”
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