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As "defund the police" becomes a rallying cry for many of the protesters demanding justice for George Floyd, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden called for reform but said he did not support defunding police departments.
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"As his criminal justice proposal made clear months ago, Vice President Biden does not believe that police should be defunded," a Biden campaign spokesperson said on Monday. "He hears and shares the deep grief and frustration of those calling out for change, and is driven to ensure that justice is done and that we put a stop to this terrible pain."
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Biden wants reforms including more funding for public schools, summer programs and mental health and substance abuse treatment, the spokesman said, pointing to the former vice president's support for a $300 million investment in the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS).