The President, following the conviction of Derek Chauvin for murdering George Floyd last year, has proposed reforms to US policing. But Lindsay Graham, Republican Senator for South Carolina, attacked Mr Biden’s proposed reforms as attacks on the police, and insisted the US was “not a racist country”.
Speaking to Fox News’ Chris Wallace, Mr Graham argued the US policing system is “not racist”.
Referencing Mr Chauvin’s trial, the Republican said: “Within every society, you have bad actors. The Chauvin trial was a just result.”
But Mr Graham argued other instances of lethal force by police are “different”, and added: “So this attack on police and policing… Reform the police, yes.
“Call them all racist, no.”
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Following Mr Chauvin being charged with murder last week, Mr Biden spoke at a press conference where he praised the decision while calling for police reform.
He said: “No one should be above the law and today’s verdict sends that message, but it’s not enough. We can’t stop here.
“In order to deliver real change and reform we can, and we must do more to reduce the likelihood that tragedy like this will ever happen to occur again, to ensure that black and brown people or anyone, so they don’t fear the interactions with law enforcement, that they don’t have to wake up knowing that they can lose their very life in the course of just living their life.”
Mr Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris also lamented the delay in passing The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act at the press conference.
The bill includes provisions that would establish a national standard to operate police departments, require law enforcement to collect data on police encounters, and puts a federal ban on chokeholds.
Last Tuesday saw Mr Chauvin convicted by a jury on three counts for murdering Mr Floyd in May 2020.
Video of the incident saw Mr Chauvin, then serving in the Minneapolis Police Department, kneel on Mr Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds before he died.
Mr Floyd said “I can’t breathe” more than two dozen times while Mr Chauvin knelt on his neck.
The death sparked outrage against police brutality and institutional racism across the US and the world throughout last summer.