PRESIDENT Joe Biden has been accused of attacking police officers for saying there’s a “deep sense of distrust” as black people continue to die in cop custody.
In a proclamation released on May 7 during Police Week, Biden stated that he appreciates the dedicated men and women who wear the uniform and badge – but some say it quickly turned to disrespect.
In Biden’s proclamation, he stated that in ‘Black and brown communities, there is a deep sense of distrust towards law enforcement’Credit: Getty
Critics accuse President Biden of failing to honor law enforcement in a proclamation meant to show appreciation and during the nation’s observance of Police WeekCredit: AFP
“As we recognize Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week, we honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty, and thank them on behalf of this grateful Nation for their service,” it reads.
Biden said his administration is seeking to give more tools to “to enhance officer safety and wellness, including improving access to mental health services.”
He planned to bolster more active training and supply bulletproof vests, according to the proclamation.
But then he seemed to strike a blow against the blue line claiming there are too many fatalities involving law enforcement.
Critics of Biden’s proclamation say he is bashing the police and not honoring their serviceCredit: Getty
Following the death of George Floyd the nation experienced a reckoning on the city streets by protesters demanding police reformCredit: AFP
He wrote that as a result of the police-involved deaths, “Black and brown communities” harbor ill will against those who are sworn to protect them.
“This year, we also recognize that in many of our communities, especially Black and brown communities, there is a deep sense of distrust towards law enforcement; a distrust that has been exacerbated by the recent deaths of several Black and brown people at the hands of law enforcement,” the document reads.
Since January of the total 362 members of service who died, 45 police officers have been fatally shot, 13 were slain by vehicular assault, and 234 died of Covid-19, according to numbers collected by Officer Down Memorial Page.
Biden’s police proclamation was met with a hail of discontent from various critics.
Throughout the protests and marches after notable the deaths of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks, Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor to push for justice, riots and looting have resultedCredit: Getty
Tensions and civil disobedience linger following the police-involved deaths of Ma’Khia Bryant and Andrew BrownCredit: Getty
Jason Johnson, president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund told Fox News: “This week we pause to pay respect to our law enforcement officers, particularly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to protect their communities.”
He added: “It is beyond disappointing to see the president of the United States continue to perpetuate false and hurtful myths about police, rather than uniting as he claimed he would during the campaign.”
Texas Rep Ronny Jackson, who used to serve as former President Donald Trump’s physician, blamed Biden for caving to a “Bash the Blue” mentality when it comes to revering officers who wear the uniform.
“We’ve gone from ‘Back the Blue’ to ‘Bash the Blue’ in one administration,” he wrote in a tweet.
“I’m still DISGUSTED that Biden would use his official Police Week statement to suggest that every Cop is a racist. Democrat hatred for our police is outright REPULSIVE,” he continued.
“Let’s be clear: Biden’s statement is a slap in the face to every cop in America,” read a column published in LawOfficer.com, which claims to be owned and operated by current and former law enforcement professionals.
The group expected more backing from the president than former Democratic President Barack Obama.
“And while law enforcement professionals have become [sic] accustomed to the blame and shame aimed towards law enforcement by former President Obama, Biden’s steady flow of slights and insults makes his democratic predecessor look like a badge bunny.”
Civil unrest and uprisings, as well as riots – led by the Black Lives Matter Movement which seeded back in 2014 when Eric Garner was killed by an NYPD cop and then when Michael Brown was gunned down by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri – have been sparked by being fed up with police brutality
Last summer following the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Rayshard Brooks, Elijah McClain, and others, a tsunami of rally cries swept over the country with many young people demanding reform while some continue pushing a harder line in the “defund” the police movement.
Over the past several months, the shooting deaths of teenager Ma’Khia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio, and Andrew Brown in Elizabeth City, North Carolina, have kept a second wave of protests to carry on, further demanding reforms throughout law enforcement circles.
But staunch supporters of the police are demanding that the officers on the front lines are too often being unfairly attacked and undermined.
They believe that rather than go down the path of defunding the police, the country should support them and “Defend the Police.”
The Insidexpress is now on Telegram and Google News. Join us on Telegram and Google News, and stay updated.