The White House refused to endorse Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) in her call to end all policing in the wake of the officer-involved death of 20-year-old Daunte Wright during a traffic stop Sunday afternoon in Brooklyn Center, Minnesota.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked on Tuesday whether President Joe Biden would endorse the radical policy espoused the far-left congresswoman.
“Look, what I can state from here, is that, um, that’s not the president’s view,” Psaki responded.
“The president’s view is that there are necessary outdated reforms that should be put in place,” she continued, “that there is accountability that needs to happen, that the loss of life is far too high, that these families are suffering around the country, and that the Black community is exhausted from the ongoing threats they feel.”
Tlaib tweeted out her sentiment on Monday evening as rioting broke out in Minneapolis.
“It wasn’t an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist,” Tlaib said.
It wasn’t an accident. Policing in our country is inherently & intentionally racist.
Daunte Wright was met with a… https://t.co/dw14UGo1f4
— Rashida Tlaib (@Rashida Tlaib)1618268726.0
“Daunte Wright was met with aggression & violence. I am done with those who condone government funded murder. No more policing, incarceration, and militarization. It can’t be reformed,” she added.
Tlaib was likely responding to a statement from the Brooklyn Center Police Department on Monday that said the police officer who shot Wright had done so accidentally after believing she had unholstered her Taser instead.
In bodycam video footage released by police, the officer yells, “Taser! Taser! Taser!” to warn other officers before shooting Wright, who had broken away from another officer and was trying to escape in his vehicle. Wright, a black man, had been pulled over for driving with expired tags, but officers discovered that he had an arrest warrant during the traffic stop.
In response to the public outrage over the death of Wright, the mayor of Brooklyn Center assumed control of the police department after the city council fired the city manager. Also, Brooklyn Center Police Chief Tim Gannon and Officer Kimberly Potter, a 26-year veteran on the force, both resigned Tuesday.
Here’s the response from Jen Psaki:
Biden doesn’t agree with Tlaib’s call to end policing, Psaki says