In an interview with CNN, Vice President Joe Biden talked about the recent meeting the president had with various law enforcement officials from throughout the U.S.
Biden discussed how the attendees were quick to tell Obama that they don’t think he’s done enough to support police during his two terms. The president didn’t agree, saying he would be happy to provide a list of all the times he’s made positive or encouraging remarks towards law enforcement.
The main problem, as Obama saw it, was that their is “institutional discrimination” in policing — essentially saying that cops are racist and there is implicit bias.
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“But you also have to recognize that there is still institutional discrimination,” Biden said the president told those in attendance. “That doesn’t just exist in policing. It exists in many other areas, hiring, housing, etc. And you, well, maybe we, the law enforcement organization, should reach out and say, ‘Look, we understand why you may be concerned about how we deal with you, but here — let’s have a conversation, tell us what it is specifically.'”
The narrative that institutional racism exists in America is not wholly accurate. Much data has been compiled to support the opposite of Obama’s claims. For instance, The National Bureau of Economic Research revealed that their was no racial differences in people who were shot by police. Another study indicated that blacks were actually killed at a lower rate than the threat they posed to officers.
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This however, seems irrelevant to the president. In the past he has publicly praised the Black Lives Matter group and compared their efforts to previous noble movements. But since he’s been in office, his policing regulations have seemed to cause more trouble. In Dallas — ground zero of the horrific shooting — murder rates are on track to have doubled since 2014.
Biden said that after the president’s remarks, he asked the police officials who spoke with him for a list of ideas on how the administration can help improve relations between police and their respective communities.
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