Reuters file photo: U.S. President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden leave after paying their respects to U.S. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Cicnic, 42, as he lay in honor at Capitol Rotunda, Washington, February 2, 2021 Salwan Georges /
Written by Nandita Bose and Trevor Hunikut
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden spoke at a memorial service Saturday with hundreds of uniformed officers to honor law enforcement officers who died in the line of duty.
The event, held in front of the Capitol with guests including FBI Director Christopher Warr, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and First Lady Jill Biden, honored 491 law enforcement officers who lost their lives at work in 2019 and 2020.
“It’s harder to be a cop today than it was before,” Biden said in a 22-minute comment.
“And to the family of the deceased: You have suffered a great loss. But understand, your loss is also America’s loss … and your pain is America’s pain,” he said in his remarks, which also linked his grief to the loss of two children in Seba’s family.
Biden Capital credited law enforcement agencies for upholding the U.S. political system during the Jan E riots in January, urging law enforcement officials to allocate more resources, which he said is currently too much to do, and has previously expressed regret for doing so. Three deputies were shot dead in Houston, Texas, on Saturday.
The White House also issued a statement on Saturday ordering half the staff to fly flags at public buildings.
The National Peace Officers Memorial Service began in 1982 in Senate Park, Washington, as a small gathering of about 120 survivors and law enforcement supporters. Since then it has become a series of events, attracting thousands of survivors and officials to the country’s capital every year.
Biden was a loyal ally of law enforcement, returning to his days in the Senate when he drafted the 1994 Crimes Bill with their help. Earlier this year, the president visited the Capitol to pay tribute to Brian Sicnic, a police officer who died of multiple strokes after spraying chemicals during the January 6 riots.
However, the president’s attempt to pass a police reform bill to tighten practice after the assassination of George Floyd in Minneapolis in 2020 failed in September. Https://www.reuters.com/world/us/republicans-are-refusing-back-police Supported-White-House-2021-09-22 This marked a push for a democratic president who preached the need for policing reform.
Biden’s campaign on gun reform has also stalled, with his Democratic Party controlled only by narrow margins due to insufficient support in the congressional chamber. Biden’s initial pick for running the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Bureau has dried up in the face of opposition; He has not yet named another candidate.
Most recently, Biden expressed hope that he could still sign a comprehensive police reform bill, and in a statement at the time indicated that Democrats would have to do it themselves.
Biden also said he would look into further executive action ২ 22 he could help hold police officers accountable for breaking the law.
The National Fraternal Order of Police, a chief officers’ union that sponsored the event, backed Biden’s Republican opponent, Donald Trump, in the 2020 election.
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