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Biden Misspeaks, Calls For Arrests Of Breonna Taylor & Officers In Blake Shooting

Wilmington, DE – Presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden on Wednesday called for charges against the officers involved in the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha and the death of Breonna Taylor in Louisville.

Except instead of calling for the arrest of the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department officers who shot Taylor during a botched no-knock warrant service on March 13, Biden got confused and said Taylor should be charged.

Biden made his latest faux pas while answering reporters’ questions one day ahead of his campaign visit to Kenosha, where violent riots left two dead after officers shot Blake who was a wanted fugitive armed with a knife, the Associated Press reported.

“I think we should let the judicial system work its way,” he began. “I do think there’s a minimum need to be charged for the officers, and as well as Breonna Taylor.”

“And I might add by the way, I think what happened in uh in uh Portland,” the candidate appeared to fumble for the name of the city that has been rioting for almost 100 consecutive nights. “Where one of the Trump guys riding along in vans inciting response is shooting rubber bullets I guess, or paint balls, apparently there was someone shot by someone in the crowd.”

“With a bullet. Killed. I think that person should meet the legal requirements of whatever that calls for,” Biden said.

It’s not clear what he was trying to communicate.

“It should be investigated and it should follow through on what needs to be done,” the Presidential candidate declared. “Let the judicial system work. Let’s make sure justice is done.”

Biden was following in the footsteps of former President Barack Obama, who notoriously placed blame on police officers’ without allowing time for an investigation and due process.

Obama has been accused of being adversarial with police since 2009 when he accused Cambridge police of racial bias after Harvard Professor Henry Gates was arrested when officers responded to the professor’s home for a burglar alarm.

It turned out that Gates had broken into his own home when he couldn’t find his own house keys and set off his security system in the process, FOX News reported at the time.

Responding officers arrived at the house and found Gates inside, so they asked him for identification to prove he lived there.

The police report said Gates refused to provide ID and started screaming at the officers, according to FOX News.

“This is what happens to black men in America,” the report said the professor yelled.

Gates, who Obama claimed as a good friend, also later warned the officers “you don’t know who you’re messing with.”

Officers ended up arresting Gates for behaving in a disorderly manner but the charges were later dropped, FOX News reported.

Despite the fact officers had followed policy in the manner in which they handled Gates, Obama expressed his disgust with the Cambridge police on a national stage and pointed to racial profiling.

“I don’t know – not having been there and not seeing all the facts – what role race played in that, but I think it’s fair to say, number one, any of us would be pretty angry; number two that the Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were in their own home,” the former President said immediately after he learned about Gates’ arrest, according to Politico.

“Separate and apart from this incident is that there’s a long history in this country of African-American and Latinos being stopped by law enforcement disproportionately,” Obama said.

“That’s just a fact,” he continued. “That doesn’t lessen the incredible progress that has been made.”

Biden’s remarks about charging the officers involved in the shooting of Blake smacked of the same rush to judgement against police, without due process, that plagued the Obama Administration.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice’s Division of Criminal Investigations has said that Blake admitted he had a knife when he resisted arrest after officers responded to a 911 call about a domestic disturbance involving a man wanted for raping the same victim.

The officer-involved shooting on Aug. 23 that left Blake paralyzed from the waist down is still under investigation, but anti-police rioting has already done millions of dollars in damage to Kenosha and left two people dead.

Taylor was shot when her boyfriend fired at police officers who announced themselves at the front door before making entrance into the home.

Officers had a search warrant in connection with drug trafficking by Taylor’s ex-boyfriend and were serving a simultaneous arrest warrant for him at a trap house across town.

Taylor’s current boyfriend fired a round through the door that struck one of the officers, and multiple officers returned fire, killing Taylor.

Her death remains under investigation and has sparked riots in Louisville that left the city in ruins and several people shot.

However, recently-leaked documents from the police investigation into her drug-dealing ex-boyfriend showed that the 26-year-old Taylor had a close relationship with him and was managing his money while he was in jail, WAVE reported.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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