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NYC Mayoral Nominee Changes Mind Says He Will Use COVID Money to Hire Police

After a White House meeting Monday, Eric Adams rejected President Biden’s plan that cities should use COVID money for law enforcement. Adams said Monday, “The first thing we need to do is to do an assessment of how we are using our police officers now. Far too many police officers are doing clerical duty.”

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Chicago Police Superintendent Meets with Biden, Promises Action on Gun Crime

The White House said the group's discussion focused on the Biden administration's strategy to reduce gun crimes and other violent crimes, encouraging state and local governments to use funding from the $350 billion in the COVID relief package to combat the violence.

Biden Discusses Crime Surge with Police and Community Leaders

The meeting comes amid a rise in gun violence over the past few years. One of Biden's weakest areas in recent polling has been his handling of crime, with just 38 percent of people approving of the job he is doing in that area and 48 percent disapproving.

Biden Announces Anti-Crime Measures, Provides Money to Police from COVID Relief Fund

Biden boasted of "historic funding for crime prevention" in the $350 billion for state and local governments, from the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package, that can be used by cities to hire law enforcement officers, pay overtime, invest in technology to make law enforcement more efficient, and prosecute gun traffickers.

Floyd Family Meets with Biden, Harris and Legislators

After meeting with Pelosi and Bass, Floyd's relatives traveled to the White House for a more than hour-long meeting with President Biden and Vice President Harris. Afterward, Floyd's family members said the president is eager to sign the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, and urged Congress to pass the bill.

Biden to Host George Floyd's Family at White House

Biden's plans to host Floyd's family come as talks focused on the police reform bill named after Floyd — the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act — have stalled on Capitol Hill.

President Biden Praises, Criticizes Officers in Police Week Proclamation

The proclamation included some talking points from the anti-police movement. "This year, we also recognize that in many of our communities, especially Black and brown communities, there is a deep sense of distrust towards law enforcement; a distrust that has been exacerbated by the recent deaths of several Black and brown people at the hands of law enforcement."

Biden to Push Police Reform in Next Week's Congressional Address

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which would ban chokeholds, require that deadly force only be used as a last resort in arrests, and effectively end qualified immunity.

Biden Nominates Tucson Chief to Head Border Patrol, Customs

In Tucson, Magnus led a department with about 1,000 officers and staff. If confirmed, he would be in charge of a staff 60 times as large at CBP, which includes the U.S. Border Patrol as well as the Office of Field Operations.

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Biden Urges Background Checks, "Assault Weapon" Ban in Wake of Boulder Shooting

In brief remarks responding to the shooting, Biden urged Congress to move quickly to close the loopholes in the background check system and to ban assault weapons and high-capacity magazines — an effort that would be even more difficult to achieve politically. According to a police affidavit, the Colorado shooter had purchased a semi-automatic rifle six days earlier.

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