Joe Biden calls for police to be charged over shootings

Joe Biden calls for police to be charged over shootings
Joe Biden said he thinks that the police officers in the Blake and Taylor cases should be charged.
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Daily US Times: Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden has urged charges against police who shot two black Americans, Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor.

Mr Biden did not specify what counts should be brought in the cases while speaking in Delaware, but some incidents have fuelled racial justice protests nationwide.

Mr Biden spoke after notching up a record fundraising haul in August.

He has a lead over Republican President Donald Trump in opinion polls ahead of November’s election.

On Wednesday, while speaking at a news conference in his hometown of Wilmington, Mr Biden was asked whether he agreed with his running mate, Kamala Harris, that the police officers in the Blake and Taylor cases should be charged.

He said: “I think we should let the judicial system work its way. I do think at a minimum, they need to be charged, the officers.”

The 29-year-old Mr Blake was shot seven times in the back and paralysed during an arrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on 23 August.

No action has so far been taken against the officer involved in the incident, pending investigations by the Wisconsin and US departments of justice.

The 26-year-old Ms Taylor was fatally shot in her home during a drug raid in Louisville, Kentucky, on 13 March.

One of the officers is losing his job; two others have been placed on administrative leave as the investigation into their actions proceeds.

The Democratic nominee also mentioned the gunman, identified in US media as a far-left activist, who last weekend fatally shot a Trump supporter on the streets of Portland, Oregon.

Mr Biden stopped short of calling for charges in that case, but said: “They should be investigated and it should follow through on what needs to be done.

“Let the judicial system work. Let’s make sure justice is done.”

Mr Biden had been delivering remarks about how to open schools safely in light of the current pandemic situation.

His comments came a day before he travels to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he says he wants to help “heal” the city after it was rocked by days of violent protests.

Mr Biden said he had received “overwhelming requests” to visit Kenosha, America’s latest racial reckoning over law enforcement shootings.

He will meet Mr Blake’s father and other members of the family during the visit.

President Trump also visited the city on Tuesday but did not meet the family, saying he decided not to because of plans to have lawyers attend with the relatives.

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