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Biden: Police Groups Told Obama They Want His Backing

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By    |   Monday, 11 Jul 2016 06:33 PM

Two of the police groups that met privately Monday with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden expressed concerns that Obama has not always had their back, Biden said in an interview Monday with CNN's Jake Tapper.

Three others, however, told the president he was doing things just right, Biden added.

"The president asked each of the organizations … 'Fellas, what do you think I'm not doing? What have you not heard me say?'" Biden said. "And then there were two organizations that listed things that they thought he wasn't sensitive enough on and leaning forward enough. But there were also three organizations that said, 'Mr. President, I think you're doing it just right.'"

Obama told the groups there is nothing inconsistent with supporting the police and acknowledging the problems that exist with communities that feel targeted by law enforcement, he said.

The groups also expressed their need for more physical support as well, including training and equipment, Biden said.

Biden has a long history working with police groups and said he was tasked by Obama to follow up with the groups in 10 days.

Biden said the meeting was constructive, but recent attacks on police officers as retaliation over police shootings of black men has changed things.

It was, he said, "The first time I've ever heard police organizations say my guys are threatened, my guys are scared."

Responding to former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's statement that the Black Lives Matter movement is racist because it doesn't say "all lives matter" and that they are inflammatory towards police,  Biden said that while some associated with the group have made provocative statements, they do not speak for the group as a whole.

"That element of Black Lives Matter doesn't speak for all of Black Lives Matter and does not, does not speak for those folks in the black community, both middle-class and poor, who know they are more likely to be pulled over than the Caucasian guy," he said.

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Two of the police groups that met privately Monday with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden expressed concerns that Obama has not always had their back, Biden said in an interview afterward with CNN's Jake Tapper.
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