Police groups slam Biden's advice to shoot suspects "in the leg"

by Jeffrey Swindoll · Oct 18th, 2020 10:03 am

Last Updated Oct 21st, 2020 at 8:56 am

Multiple law enforcement groups and officers recently criticized Joe Biden for advising cops to shoot suspects "in the leg" instead of "shoot to kill."

"There's a lot of things we've learned and it takes time, but we can do this," Biden said during a town hall event with ABC News on Thursday. "You can ban chokeholds ... you have to teach people how to de-escalate circumstances. ... Instead of anybody coming at you and the first thing you do is shoot to kill, you shoot them in the leg."

The Detective Endowment Association, a labor union of 20,000 active and retired New York Detectives, said Biden's suggestion "demonstrates his incompetence [and] inability to understand the grave dangers cops face as they protect the public and themselves from violent, heartless criminals."

John Evans, president of the Buffalo Police Benevolent Association, said Biden's suggestion is "absolutely ridiculous" and "incredibly ignorant."

"The guy's clueless," Evans said. "And I know he's just trying to appease his left-wing base but it's a really foolish statement."

Joe Gamaldi, vice president of the national Fraternal Order of Police, said Biden's suggestion is "completely ridiculous," "unrealistic" and a "pandering talking point."

"Shootings are dynamic situations and we shoot to stop the threat," Gamaldi said. "It's incredibly difficult to hit a moving target. ... By aiming at legs we are much more likely to miss and we already only hit roughly 50% of the time."

🔦 Biden previously made the same suggestion to shoot assailants "in the leg instead of the heart" on June 1.

"Instead of standing there and teaching a cop when there's an unarmed person coming at ‘em with a knife or something, shoot ‘em in the leg instead of in the heart," Biden said .


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