Biden stresses support for more police funding in shift from progressives

Biden’s remarks came during his address at the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ 90th Annual Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C., on Friday.

President Joe Biden speaks during the 90th Winter Meeting of USCM on Jan. 21, 2022 in Washington, D.C.

President Joe Biden speaks during the 90th Winter Meeting of USCM on Jan. 21, 2022 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

BIDEN REFUSES TO BACK DOWN ON BUILD BACK BETTER, BELIEVES MOST OF THE COUNTRY SUPPORTS IT

“We shouldn’t be cutting funding for police departments,” Biden said. “I propose increasing funding. Look, you know, we ask cops to do everything, including be psychologists and social workers. Guess what? They need psychologists and social workers. I mean it. Not a joke.”

During his address, Biden touted what he considered to be accomplishments for Americans during his first year in office, telling the mayors that “nothing is gonna do more to ease pressures on families” than the Build Back Better legislation he has proposed.

Touching on aspects of the bill, Biden insisted police departments should “hire other social workers, folks trained in mental health, so they can partner with trusted community leaders like programs the Rescue Plan is funding in Atlanta and Louisville and other cities across the country.”

An Oregon police officer was shot Friday during an unspecified encounter, authorities said. 

An Oregon police officer was shot Friday during an unspecified encounter, authorities said. 

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