Biden to Cops: ‘We Expect You to Be Constitutional Scholars’
Biden mentioned law enforcement personnel by name who died in the line of duty, including Allen Beck, Igor Soldo, Casey Kohlmeier and Brian Jones.
“They are not here to receive our thanks and our appreciation, although they're here. But I want to personally thank their families,” he said.
The former senator from Delaware said it has been an honor to fight with the NAPO to pass the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Act in 1976 and to expand it in 2001.
“With Senator Hatch, a good Republican friend of mine, we raised that death benefit from $150,000 to $250,000, and then most importantly, we later indexed it, so it’s now $339,000,” he said. “But you all know it could be $10 million. It’s not enough. It’s not enough. It’s not enough to make up for the loss of a fallen cop.”
Shortly after the speech, the Obama administration announced its decision to ban federal agencies from providing certain types of military equipment to local police departments, including grenade launchers, bayonets and ammunition of .50-caliber or higher. Biden did not raise the issue during his remarks.
“We’ve seen how militarized gear can sometimes give people a feeling like there’s an occupying force, as opposed to a force that’s part of the community that’s protecting them and serving them,” Obama said during a speech in Camden, N.J. “We’re going to prohibit some equipment made for the battlefield that is not appropriate for local police departments.”