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Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination

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The campaign's statement came as a push by activists to defund, dismantle or else overhaul police departments was gaining momentum in major cities - most notably Minneapolis, where George Floyd's death while in police custody touched off nationwide protests and calls for policy changes in police force. "I support conditioning federal aid to police based on whether or not they meet certain basic standards of decency, on honorableness, and in fact, are able to demonstrate they can protect the community and everybody in the community".

Biden had previously called for a $300 million investment in policing, contingent on officers mirroring the diversity of their communities.

Biden's stance echoed that of Democrats in Congress, who on Monday unveiled sweeping legislation to combat police violence that stopped short of cutting funding for local law enforcement agencies. "If that doesn't open up a new political opportunity for sweeping reform, then I don't know what will".

The Democratic presidential nominee also told the late night host that he is "absolutely convinced" that the military will "escort" Trump from the White House if he refuses to leave, alluding to the recent scathing criticism of the commander-in-chief from top former military officials like former Defense Secretary James Mattis and former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly.

Asked if GOP use of the term "defund the police" might erode his support, Cartwright said, "If they can get voters to believe that lie about me, I suppose". The changes, if enacted, would have massive implications on policing in the U.S.

"I don't care how it's named, I'm not for that", he said, while noting he's joined protest marches in his district. But he's met skepticism for his role in the 1994 federal crime law.

The official post mortem report of Floyd revealed that the cause of death was due to "neck compression".

Bill Johnson, the head of the National Organization of Police Associations, a nonprofit trade group, said Biden was right to suggest more funding for both police as well as other services. And he pledges to continue Obama administration practices of scrutinizing what equipment is used by law enforcement, a nod to critics of US domestic police agencies using military-grade equipment in encounters with civilians.

A no-knock warrant, as its name implies, is an order from a judge that allows police to enter a home without prior notification to the residents, such as ringing a doorbell or banging on the door. And it highlights a familiar exercise for Biden: trying to appeal to a progressive flank that distrusts him as an establishment politician while not alienating more moderate voters and even some Republicans who don't want President Donald Trump reelected.

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