US President Joe Biden spoke at the White House Rose Garden Gun Control event on April 8, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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president Joe Biden On Friday, he urged states and cities to spend more police, crisis responders, and federal funds to invest in mental health and substance abuse programs to curb crime.
The president said later that day, giving local leaders the rest of the money from the Biden administration’s $ 1.9 trillion Covid-19 stimulus, the American Rescue Plan, to help fight crime during the summer. Expected to ask for deployment.
Local governments are already spending about $ 10 billion from the Federal Pandemic Assistance Package to fund programs aimed at strengthening law enforcement and keeping neighborhoods safer, government officials said. I told reporters.
Push comes when Biden tries to show his efforts to address criminal concerns during the years of important elections for his Democratic Party. Fear of crime and violence in the United States has reached its highest level since April 2016, according to a Gallup study. Currently, about 53% of Americans say they are “greatly” worried about breaking the law.
Citizens are most interested. Today, more than half of urban respondents, or 58 percent, say they are “greatly” worried about crime, up 9 percentage points from 2021.
The dramatic increase in gun violence may have contributed to these polling trends. Firearm homicide rate increased in 2020 At the highest level in a quarter century, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported on Tuesday.
Democrats are divided on the best ways to secure a safer community. Progressivists have called for a reduction in the budget of police stations across the country in recent years following a series of high-profile killings of blacks by white officers.
More moderate Democrats, including Biden, said better trained police were the key to a safer community. The White House said on Friday that the president wants to “defeat more police for responsible community policing.”
The question of how to reform the police station promises to play an important role in the 2022 midterm elections, where the Democratic Party decides whether to maintain parliamentary control. Many Republican candidates have achieved early success in voting through attacks on certain Democratic plans to eradicate police funds. I think this is dangerous.
Biden will meet on Friday with elected local officials, police chiefs, and experts in regional violence interventions representing US cities that have used US rescue program funds to combat crime.
According to the White House, the president will then provide public comments on these efforts, encouraging other towns and cities to make their own investments.
“President Biden believes that Americans deserve to feel safe wherever they live,” the administration said. “He promises to use all the tools he has at his disposal to combat violent crime.”