Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden has called for the police officers involved in the shootings of two black Americans, Breonna Taylor and Jacob Blake, to be charged. While speaking from Delaware, Biden did not clarify which counts should be applied in the cases, which prompted the nation-wide anti-racism protests.
Biden spoke after notching up a record fundraising haul last month. Moreover, he also has a lead over his Republican rival Donald Trump in opinion polls just months ahead of November’s presidential election.
On Wednesday, news reports asked Biden that whether he agreed with his running mate, Kamala Harris, on charging the police officers involved in the recent shootings. The Democratic candidate replied, “I think we should let the judicial system work its way, I do think at a minimum, they need to be charged, the officers.”
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On August 23, in the city of Kenosha, a black man named Jacob Blake was shot seven times in the back, leaving him paralyzed. However, state authorities have not taken any step against the police officers involved in the brutal killing.
Meanwhile, Wisconsin’s Justice Department is investigating the incident but its findings are still pending. On March 13, Taylor was fatally shot by police officers. Meanwhile, two of them have been placed on administrative leave by the department, and one is losing his job.
During his press conference, Biden also mentioned the far-left activist who fatally shot a pro-Trump supporter on the streets of Portland, last week. However, he did not call for him to be charged and added that the authorities should have investigated the issue. Biden also presented his remarks on how the schools should open in the country in the light of the pandemic outbreak.
His press briefing comes a day ahead of his visit to the city of Kenosha, Oregon, where he says he plans to heal the city rocked by days of unrest and violence. Biden’s decision comes after he received overwhelming appeals to visit the damaged Kenosha. Moreover, during his visit, he is also expected to meet the family of Jacob Blake.
However, President Trump did not meet the family of the shot black American, Jacob Blake, on his Tuesday’s visit to Kenosha, saying that they wanted their lawyer to be presented during the meeting. Meanwhile, Biden’s visit to the city comes four years after the former Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton, downplayed the state’s importance in the polls.
Separately, the Democratic campaign announced a $364m haul for the August fundraising, more than what both the candidates had raised in the last few months.
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