Between a increase in homicides in cities across the country and intense Republican efforts to label Democrats as hostile to law enforcement, President Biden on Thursday traveled to New York City to assert information on the party’s public safety, affirming his support for law enforcement and detailing his administration’s plan to work. city to confront gun violence.
Supported by elected officials including Mayor Eric Adams – a former police captain whose message on crime and justice cuddled by several national Democrats – Mr. Biden highlighted calls for increased federal investment in policing and pledged that the Justice Department would focus on so-called ghost guns, which can Easily assembled from kits but not regulated by federal gun laws.
“Mayor Adams, you and I agree: The answer is not to give up our streets,” Biden said at the New York Police Department headquarters. “The answer is, police and communities come together, build trust and make us all safer. The answer is not to offend the police. It gives you the tools, the training, the funding to be a partner, to be a guardian. “
The president’s visit comes as gun violence is on the rise in an era of pandemic that has ravaged American cities and realigns public safety politics, even as violent crime rates rise. in places like New York is still much lower than it was in the early 1990s. His appearance comes in a suburban city, a funeral for one of two young police officers who were recently shot dead in Harlem. while answering a 911 call.
Mr. Adams said: “Yesterday we gathered at St Patrick’s Cathedral for mourning. “Today, at 1 Police Plaza where I walk across that stage as captain, we are here united to address the issue of violence that has become so pervasive, and not just in New York City. , but also in cities across the United States . ”
In an already difficult political environment for Democrats at the start of the midterm election year, Mr. Biden is navigating challenging streams: the expectations from his political base to implement measures. long-promised police accountability and a concerted Republican effort to identify Democrats as weak and unreliable on crime issues.
His struggling approval ratings and languishing legislative program haven’t helped – but New York Democrats, including Mr. Adams, Governor Kathy Hochul and several members of the delegation Congress, warmly received him on Thursday.
Mr. Adams, New York’s second black mayor, initially made his name public as an advocate against police misconduct as an officer on the force. Nationally known Democrats like Mr Biden have seen him as a powerful messenger on those issues, even as he has clashed with other political leaders at home over how to reform. improve the safety of the city, with some Democrats arguing that he was too quick to accept the excessive penalties. and too dependent on policy.
But for now, Mr. Adams is clearly emerging as a key validator for the president.
“We both know our highest calling, our most important mission, is to protect the people of this city and of this country,” said Adams, who identified himself as “” Biden of Brooklyn” — a nod to their overlapping bases of working-class voters of color. “There is no recovery without public safety. There is no recovery without justice. They go hand in hand. That’s why we are working hard to end the gun violence that has rocked our city, our nation, to protect our people and the officers sworn to protect. we. “
For his part, Mr. Biden described a shared vision with Mr. Adams that the best approach to public safety is not to walk away from the police but to support departments, as well as initiatives. use community members to intervene before violence occurs.
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He noted that he has called on Congress to increase federal subsidies for police departments to $300 million and encourage localities to use stimulus funds to hire more police and pay them overtime. At another point, Mr. Biden turned around and pointed out Officer Sumit Sulan, the rookie officer who shot dead the gunman who shot dead two police officers in Harlem last month. Officer Sulan rose to his feet and was met with a standing ovation.
“We help fund and provide additional services you need beyond a gun man” to his hip, Biden said, adding that there is another $200 million in intervention programs. community violence in his budget proposal.
Mr. Biden is expected late Thursday to visit a group that engages community members, including those who have previously committed crimes but are now using their experience with the criminal justice system to prevent others from participating in gang violence.
Chelsia Rose Marcius and Jeffery C. Mays contribution report.
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