Presumptive Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden has already faced criticism from progressives for the 1994 crime bill he championed while serving as a senator from Delaware — and now, another pro-police bill he strongly and repeatedly endorsed looks to have come back to haunt him.
The Daily Caller reports that on at least four separate occasions, then-Sen. Biden sponsored a bill that would have provided extra and unusual protections for cops accused of wrongdoing.
Biden and bad cops?
According to the Daily Caller, the Biden-backed bill was known as the State and Local Law Enforcement Discipline, Accountability, and Due Process Act, which, according to congressional records, Biden sponsored in 2000, 2003, 2005, and 2007.
“The bill was never passed,” the Daily Caller said — which is actually a good thing, as it would have granted special privileges to police officers that likely would have made it challenging to hold them accountable.
According to the bill:
The law enforcement officer shall be provided with a copy of the complete file of the pre-disciplinary investigation; and access to and, if so requested, copies of all documents, including transcripts, records, written statements, written reports, analyses, and electronically recorded information.
In other words, a cop accused of wrongdoing would be allowed access to every bit of information and evidence against them even before they were ever asked a single question as part of interrogation or investigation. Furthermore, the Daily Caller reported, they would be granted up to 10 days to review all of that information and formulate a response before any interrogation or investigation occurred.
That would be akin to the police being required to provide suspects and their attorneys every single scrap of evidence against them following an arrest, but prior to interrogation. Obviously, that’s not how the criminal justice system works — and that shouldn’t be how police accountability works, either.
To be sure, those extra privileges would be a welcome relief for an officer who was wrongfully accused. However, there is no doubt that the additional protections would be fully exploited by bad cops who had done wrong.
Still, the Daily Caller noted that all of the major police unions had lobbied in support of Biden’s bill at the time.
However, due to Biden’s recent about-face with regard to police reforms in an effort to curry favor with the anti-cop far-left base of his party, Politico reports that the former vice president has squandered all of the goodwill and political capital he’d accumulated with police unions over the decades.
Now, as Biden panders to the anti-cop left and throws the police under the bus in an attempt to win an election, he has lost the support of the influential police unions who once stood proudly alongside him — and who twice endorsed former President Barack Obama, who was no friend to the police at all, simply because Biden was on the 44th president’s ticket.
With those on both the right and left frustrated with the former VP’s recent actions, only time will tell if he’s able to muster up enough support to even come close to President Donald Trump this November.