A few days after George Floyd was murdered, presidential hopeful Joe Biden addressed the nation, speaking passionately about police reforms that he stressed could not wait another month, let alone another election cycle: banning police chokeholds; rules for use of force; a review of every police department’s hiring, training and de-escalation practices.
Two years later, it’s Biden who sits behind the presidential desk. And his emphasis often appears to be less on how quickly the nation’s police departments can be reformed than on how quickly they can add officers.