Biden pays tribute to the cops who contained the assault on the Capitol

Joe Biden and his wife during the tribute.
EFE

The president of United States, Joe Biden, paid tribute this Saturday to the policemen who contained on January 6 the assault on the Capitol, fueled by a mob of radical supporters of former President Donald Trump (2017-2021).

“Nine months ago, your brothers and sisters thwarted an unconstitutional and completely anti-American attack on our nation’s values,” Biden said during a speech in front of the Capitol to police officers and their families.

Thanks to you, democracy survived; but only because the men and women of the Capitol Police … put their lives at risk to protect it, “he added.

The assault on the Capitol, which left 5 dead and 140 law enforcement officers assaulted, was aimed at preventing Congress from ratifying Biden’s victory in the November election, as a result of Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud.

Biden’s speech this Saturday was aimed at honoring the memory of the deceased police officers as they did their jobs in 2019 and 2020, in an annual ceremony the president has attended regularly for years.

Being a cop today is much harder than ever before“said Biden, ensuring that the population” expects everything “from their security agents, and reaching that threshold is” beyond anyone’s ability. ”

The president recalled that 2020 “it was the deadliest year on record“for the police, and that this has taken a” too hard “bill on the profession.

Racism and police brutality

“If we don’t change the environment in which the work is done, we are going to have a difficult time recruiting enough men and women who want to do the work,” he warned.

The mandatary did not mention the controversies related to the racism and police brutality that last year sparked an unprecedented wave of protests, following the suffocation death of African-American George Floyd under the knee of a white policeman.

Biden has backed a bill aimed at reforming America’s Police departments, which would outlaw the tactics that caused Floyd’s death and facilitate lawsuits against officers who wound or kill unfairly to citizens.

The Democratic majority in the House of Representatives approved a law with that objective named after George Floyd in early March, but negotiations in the Senate on that issue failed in September and the matter is stuck.

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