Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden suggested that police officers should shoot dangerous criminals “in the leg” in an effort to deescalate situations.
Biden spoke on ABC News Thursday during a town hall hosted in lieu of a second presidential debate. The former vice president was speaking about making changes to policing amid a year that has seen protests across America focused on police brutality. (RELATED: These Are The Police Officers Shot During The Riots)
“We can do this,” Biden said. “We can ban chokeholds … Beyond that, you have to teach people how to deescalate circumstances. Deescalate. So, instead of anybody coming at you and the first thing you do is shoot to kill, you shoot ’em in the leg! There’s ways…”
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Biden has suggested police officers aim for the leg in the past as well. In June, Biden suggested officers should be trained to shoot people “in the leg instead of in the heart.” He gave an example of a man wielding a knife, although he described that as “unarmed.”
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