Biden: Police Don't Need Surplus Military Equipment, It's Like An Invasion, "They Become The Enemy" | Video | RealClearPolitics

Biden: Police Don't Need Surplus Military Equipment, It's Like An Invasion, "They Become The Enemy"

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Former Vice President Joe Biden told progressive activist Ady Barkan during an interview released Wednesday that some police funding needs to be redirected, but stopped short of saying he wanted to "defund" the police. He also strongly condemned the militarization of police, warning that "it is like the military invading... they become the enemy."

He called no-knock warrants like the one that led to officers killing Breonna Taylor this year in Kentucky "bizarre," saying "we don’t need that."

"There's a need for fundamental transparency, for us to have access to the records of police when they had misconduct charges against them," Biden said. "So they can't go from one police department to the next."


"Surplus military equipment for law enforcement? They don't need that," Biden continued. "The last thing you need is an up-armored Humvee coming into the neighborhood, it is like the military invading, they don't know anybody, they become the enemy. They're supposed to be protecting these people."

Asked if he agrees "that we can redirect some of the funding" from police departments to social services and other non-violent alternatives, Biden replied: "Yes. Absolutely."
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