Joe Biden again suggested police officers be trained to de-escalate situations involving dangerous suspects by shooting them in the leg.
The Democratic presidential nominee repeated the controversial contention during a Thursday town hall moderated by ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulus.
Rather than shoot to kill in self-defense, Biden proposed wounding them instead.
“Most cops don’t like bad cops,” he said. “You can ban chokeholds, but beyond that you have to teach them how to de-escalate circumstances.”
“So instead of anybody coming at you and the first thing you do is shoot to kill, you shoot them in the leg,” Biden concluded.
Social media’s response to Biden’s proposal indicates disagreement on the part of many who saw the town hall comments.
Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich tweeted that the idea proves “he has zero idea how police training or responding to a violent threat works.”
Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino also opined on Biden’s comments.
“Spoken like a true moron who has never spent a moment in law enforcement,” he tweeted.
Conservative filmmaker Caleb Hull posted a video of Biden’s comments alongside a clip showing police officers actually trying to deal with a dangerous suspect.
The scene shows an enraged man who charges them, is seemingly incapacitated when one officer shoots him, but eventually regroups and gets a chokehold on another officer and grabs his gun.
Believe it or not, this isn’t the first time Biden has suggested police officers be trained to shoot suspects in the leg.
He made the same contention during a meeting with African-American community leaders at the Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Delaware, this past June.
“The idea that instead of standing there and teaching a cop when there’s an unarmed person, coming at him with a knife or something, to shoot him in the leg instead of in the heart,” Biden said.
Critics picked him apart at the time as well.
Dana Loesch, a former spokesperson for the National Rifle Association, said Biden “clearly has zero experience with firearms, firearm law, or self-defense — you don’t shoot unless lethal force is absolutely justified.”
Rob Pincus, who has trained police officers throughout the United States and Europe, explained to the Washington Free Beacon why the ‘shoot them in the leg’ tactic is dangerous.
“Legs move. It’s much harder to hit a smaller moving target than it is to hit the chest,” Pincus stated.
“From a technical shooting skill standpoint, from a technical legal standpoint, it’s not where we want to go at all.”
In that same response at Thursday’s ABC town hall, Biden also reiterated another proposal to have psychiatrists and/or psychologists accompany police officers on dangerous calls.
He’s made this suggestion before as well.
At the first presidential debate, President Trump was able to stump Biden when he asked him to name one law enforcement group that supports his campaign.
Biden would later admit that he had “support from police my whole career up until this year.”
Perhaps his “shoot them in the leg” proposal is one reason why law enforcement doesn’t take Biden seriously.
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