President Biden believes “the bar is too high” for jailing officers and will speak next week to argue for police reform, the White House announced.
Biden is to speak to a joint Congressional session on April 28, marking his 100 days in office with what is possibly his largest speech since his inauguration.
The guilty ruling of former officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd has attracted more attention to the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which would outlaw chokeholds and require deadly force only be utilized as a last resort.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki revealed that Biden had discussed the law with lawmakers, including Black Caucus members this week.
She said Biden is planning to use his address “as a time to elevate this topic and talk about the importance of police reform.”
Psaki also said President Biden believes it is too hard to convict police officers.
“He thinks the bar for convicting police officers is too high. It must be changed., she said.
Author: Blake Ambrose