[Ed. – Reading between the lines.]
Joe Biden says he does not support defunding police departments around the country. “No, I don’t support defunding the police,” Biden told CBS on June 9. “I support conditioning federal aid to police based on whether or not they meet certain basic standards of decency and honorableness and, in fact, are able to demonstrate they can protect the community and everybody in the community.”
The facts seem fairly simple: Some activists on the Left, including some Democratic officeholders in city governments such as New York and Minneapolis, support defunding police, while the Democratic nominee for president does not.
But the story is not quite that simple. In interviews with liberal activists, Biden has presented a much more nuanced position on defunding the police, suggesting he supports redirecting police funding toward other purposes, like mental health counseling and affordable housing.