Biden rejects defunding police, while Pelosi and Schumer call it a 'local decision'

Former Vice President Joe Biden.
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Former Vice President Joe Biden will not make defunding the police part of his 2020 platform.

Calls to defund police departments have risen amid nationwide protests against police brutality, with activists and even some lawmakers saying police department budgets should be slashed in favor of community-oriented programs and oversight. A campaign spokesperson for Biden said Monday that the presumptive Democratic nominee "does not believe that police should be defunded," and instead called for "reform."

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