President Biden drew cheers from both sides of the aisle as he condemned the “Defund the police” movement during his first State of the Union address on Tuesday night.
“We should all agree: the answer is not to defund the police, the answer is to defund the police,” Biden said to a standing ovation.
“Funding with the resources and training they need to protect our communities.”
The president mentioned slain NYPD officers Jason Rivera, 22, and William Mora, 27, who were shot last month while responding to a domestic call in Harlem.
Biden met with the families of the fallen cops during his visit to the Big Apple days after their funerals.
“I have spoken with their families and told them that we are eternally in debt for their sacrifice, and we will continue their mission to restore the trust and security that every community deserves,” the president said in his speech.
“I know what works: investing in crime prevention,” Biden said.
He also pointed to steps taken by the Justice Department requiring body cameras, banning chokeholds and restricting no-knock warrants for federal law enforcement.
And Biden received more applause as he touted his U.S. bailout, saying it “has provided $350 billion that cities, states and counties can use to hire more police and invest in proven strategies like the interruption of communal violence”.
“I ask Democrats and Republicans: pass my budget and protect our neighborhoods,” he said.
New York Post