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Dick Morris to Newsmax TV: Biden Sounds Like He's Pro-Defunding

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By    |   Monday, 15 June 2020 08:11 PM

Joe Biden's call to root out systemic racism in U.S. police departments sounds much like defunding, which could also have the devastating effect of holding each police officer financially liable for incidents, former presidential adviser and campaign consultant Dick Morris told Newsmax TV Monday. 

"It sounds like he's for defunding, when he says we're not going to spend federal dollars on police departments that abuse people," Morris said on Newsmax TV's "Spicer & Co."

"Since every department has at least some incidences...it means he's defunding."

Meanwhile, the concept of defunding has gotten quite a bit of publicity, said Morris, but what has not is the idea of holding police officers personally liable for lawsuits brought as a result of official conduct.

"This basically puts cops in the same place as doctors with lawsuits over their heads," but police officers do not have the same wealth as doctors, said Morris. 

"A cop who has a $60,000 salary with $5,000 in savings to pay for his funeral is not going to be able to handle lawsuits," said Morris, noting that being a police officer often requires that they physically restrain someone in ways that could lead to complaints. 

"With trial lawyers circling overhead, over the heads of cops like vultures, just waiting to pounce and get their one-third recovery, it would be hell for cops," said Morris. 

Morris also discussed a recent opinion piece, in which he'd commented that he does not believe President Donald Trump's instincts are guiding him in the right direction where law and order is concerned in connection with the growing Black Lives Matter protests. 

"I think that the president sees this really as a struggle of law and order against anarchy," said Morris. "I think that that's not really accurate...Trump said he's lowered black unemployment. What good does that do if you're worried your son will be hurt? I think the president needs to be more sensitive and empathetic in that." 

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Joe Biden's call to root out systemic racism in U.S. police departments sounds much like defunding, former presidential adviser and campaign consultant Dick Morris said Monday on Newsmax TV.
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