Biden hails police for ‘putting their bodies on the line’ to stop pro-Trump riot

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Joe Biden thanked all law enforcement personnel for their role in protecting democracy in remarks made on January 6 by the US Capitol on steps to honor fallen officers.

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Speaking at the 40th Annual National Peace Officer Memorial Service, the president said of the police’s courage in combating the pro-Trump Capitol riots: “Because of you, democracy survived.”

Mr Biden spoke about the huge expectations people have on police today, saying: “We expect everything [police officers], and meeting total expectations is beyond anyone’s ability. Being a cop today is more difficult than ever.”


Addressing the families of fallen officers, he drew from his personal loss and grief, saying: “We know from personal experience that every time there is a ceremony or memorial in honor of your lost spouse, son or daughter So it can call that pride, but also that dreadful feeling as if you’re hearing the news for the first time.”

“No parent should bury their child,” he said, adding that it was like “losing part of your soul.”

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Mr Biden also cited the money allocated to police departments in the US rescue plan and said he was particularly committed to investing in mental health resources.

“You shouldn’t be the one talking to anyone from the edge of the roof; you should seek professional help,” he said.

In honor of Saturday’s service, the president issued a proclamation Friday that all American flags would be flown at half-staff, to honor all law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty and their families.

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