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WASHINGTON – The president of the United States, Joe Biden, paid tribute this Saturday to the policemen who contained on January 6 the assault on the Capitol, driven by a mob of radical followers of the former president Donald Trump (2017-2021).
“Nine months ago, your brothers and sisters foiled 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 resulted in 5 dead and 140 law enforcement officers attacked, 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 intended to honor the memory of the deceased police officers when they did their work in 2019 and 2020, in an annual ceremony that the president has attended regularly for years.
“Being a police officer today is much more difficult than ever before”, Biden opined, by ensuring that the population “Wait for everything” of your security officers, and reaching that threshold is “Out of anyone’s ability.”
The president recalled that 2020 “It was the deadliest year on record so far” for the cops, and that has taken a toll “Too hard” to the profession.
“If we don’t change the environment in which the work is done, we are going to have a hard time recruiting enough men and women who want to do the work.”, he warned.
George Floyd was not mentioned in the speech
The president did not mention the controversies related to racism and police brutality that last year generated an unprecedented wave of protests, after the death by suffocation of African American George Floyd under the knee of a white policeman.
Biden has backed a bill aimed at reforming the United States Police Departments, which would ban the tactics that caused the deaths of Floyd and it would facilitate lawsuits against those agents who unjustly injure or kill citizens.
The Democratic majority of the House of Representatives in early March passed a law with that objective named after George Floyd, But negotiations in the Senate on that issue failed in September, and the matter is stuck.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.