Biden to discuss crime with city and nationwide police chiefs
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden will welcome Democratic candidate for New York City mayor and other city and law enforcement leaders from across the country to talk about reducing crime.
Eric Adams, Brooklyn Borough President and New York’s likely next mayor, as well as Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser and San Jose, Calif., mayor Sam Liccardo are among those expected to attend the meeting on Monday, according to the White House. Biden will also host Memphis Police Chief CJ Davis, Chicago Chief David Brown, Newark, New Jersey Police Lt. Anthony Lima, and Wilmington, Delaware Police Department Chief Robert Tracy.
Shootings and killings are on the rise across the country, with local politicians and police struggling to deal with the violence that has exploded since the coronavirus pandemic. But there is continued pressure for police reform, revived nationally after the death of George Floyd, and Biden is trying to work on both simultaneously.
The president recently announced new efforts to stem the tide of violence, but the federal government is limited in what it can do to help communities reduce the peak. His plan focuses on funding cities that need more police, providing community support, tackling gun violence and providing illegal guns.
But much of Biden’s effort is voluntary – centered on encouraging cities to invest some of their COVID-19 relief funds in law enforcement and to promote alternative crime reduction measures such as community support. increased and summer jobs for adolescents – often both targets and perpetrators of violence.
Biden will be joined on Monday by Attorney General Merrick Garland and other anti-violence experts. The president is expected to talk about the work federal law enforcement is doing to stop the flow of illegal weapons, including new strike forces in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington to help eliminate traffickers guns and a new “zero tolerance policy for dealers who illegally sell guns.”
A federal effort is underway to expand and improve community violence interruption programs in 15 cities.
Adams, a former New York Police Department captain, is the prohibitive general election favorite against Curtis Sliwa, the Republican founder of the Guardian Angels. Democrats outnumber Republicans 7 times in New York.
Adams won an overcrowded primary after appealing to the political center and vowing to strike the right balance between tackling crime and ending racial injustice in policing.