Joe Biden Appears to Blame Police for Riots: They ‘Escalate Tension’

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Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Tuesday blasted President Donald Trump's response to US protests over racism and police misconduct, vowing to try to heal the country's racial divide and not "fan the flames of hate".

"The action will not be completed in the first 100 days of my presidency if I'm fortunate enough to be elected, or even in my entire term", he said.

He called for banning chokeholds by police, creating a national police oversight commission, stopping "transferring weapons of war" to police forces, improving oversight and accountability, and creating a model use of force standard.

"They speak to a nation where every day, millions of people - not at the moment of losing their life, but in the course of living their life - are saying to themselves, 'I can't breathe.' It's a wake-up call for our nation, for all of us", Biden said.

Biden also provided insight into the things that he said could be done by Congress immediately as a response to police violence against African Americans.

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He said the president was more interested in power than in principle because of his threats to use military force to stop the unrest in nationwide protests over the death of Floyd by a Minnesota police officer who kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes. If you didn't know better, you'd think that Floyd was the first person ever killed or harassed or brutalized by a police officer, and there's no larger problem at issue.

On Monday, as Trump urged governors in a phone call to "dominate" protesters, Biden held a discussion with African American community leaders in Wilmington and a virtual roundtable with the mayors of cities that have seen protests and violence: Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles and St. Paul, Minnesota.

"Look, I look at the presidency as a very big job".

Representatives from the Trump campaign pointed Newsweek to an earlier statement that said Trump addressed the nation twice, expressed "horror and sorrow" for the death of George Floyd, stood with the peaceful protestors, and made it clear "he would not abide our cities being overtaken by violent, uncontrollable rioters".

Biden's speech on Tuesday at Philadelphia's City Hall marked the first time he has left his home state of DE since mid-March, when the outbreak of the novel coronavirus forced him to halt in-person campaigning.

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The video shows protesters standing in front of and around the police vehicle at the corner of 5th and Hill streets. For more information on the curfew visit the City's website . "We were gassed repeatedly for hours", she continued.

"We're a nation in pain, but we must not let our pain destroy us", he said a moment later.

President Trump holds a Bible outside St. John's Church across Lafayette Park from the White House on Monday. "His narcissism has become more important than the nation's well-being that he leads", Biden said.

"Is this who we are? is this who we want to be?"

Angela Rye, a Democratic activist and former executive director for the Congressional Black Caucus, said she was disappointed Biden had not denounced police brutality more explicitly. Both Biden and Trump have spoken with Floyd's family on the phone. But they did not die with him. Nobody will get everything right. But I promise you this, I won't traffic in fear and division.

"I will seek to heal the racial wounds that have plagued this country for a long time, not use them for political gain", Biden plans to say, according to excerpts from the campaign speech.

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Biden, who served eight years as vice president under Barack Obama, the first black USA president, cast himself as the candidate who best understands the longstanding pain and grief in the country's black communities.

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