Does Joe Biden support defunding the police?

President Trump claims that his Democratic rival for the presidency, Joe Biden, supports the idea of defunding the police. Biden says he will not take money away from police forces. He wants to invest in community projects and social programs to decrease the burden on the police.

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A statement from Biden’s communications team on 8 June said he supported the need for reform. He will focus on funding educational programs as well as mental health and drug abuse treatment projects, to allow police officers to focus on the job of policing.

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Biden’s campaign website also pledges a $300m investment in community policing, which would be conditional on hiring police officers who “mirror the racial diversity of the community”. In an interview in June, Biden said he didn’t support defunding the police, adding: “I support conditioning federal aid to police, based on whether or not they meet certain basic standards of decency…”Does Joe Biden support defunding the police?

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