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Biden: There's 'absolutely' systemic racism in law enforcement

Biden: There's 'absolutely' systemic racism in law enforcement
© getty: Former vice president and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden speaks about the unrest across the country from Philadelphia City Hall on June 2, 2020

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenPennsylvania Supreme Court strikes down GOP bid to stop election certification Biden looks to career officials to restore trust, morale in government agencies Biden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force MORE said systemic racism exists “across the board,” including in policing, in an interview with CBS’s Norah O’Donnell.

"Absolutely," Biden said, asked whether there is systemic racism within law enforcement.

“It's not just in law enforcement, it's across the board. It's in housing, it's in education, and it's in everything we do. It's real. It's genuine. It's serious,” Biden said in the interview, set to air in a CBS special Tuesday night. “Look, not all law enforcement officers are racist. My lord, there are some really good, good cops out there. But the way in which it works right now is, we've seen too many examples of it.”

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Biden also denied the last two weeks, in which protests have erupted across the U.S. over the May 25 killing of George Floyd, had influenced his ultimate choice of vice president, except it's put a greater focus and urgency on the need to get someone who is totally simpatico with where I am.”

“The one thing that I've learned as being the only thing I know a fair amount about is vice presidency. And it's really important that, whomever you pick as a vice president, agrees with you in terms of your philosophy of government, and agrees with you on the systemic things that you want to change,” Biden added.

Biden’s ultimate choice, he said, must be someone “who is not at all intimidated by the president, not at all intimidated walking in the White House,” and will “be prepared to give their unvarnished opinion and be able to privately argue with the president if they disagree. I want someone strong.”

Several people reported to be on Biden’s shortlist have backgrounds in law enforcement, including Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharHillicon Valley: YouTube suspends OANN amid lawmaker pressure | Dems probe Facebook, Twitter over Georgia runoff | FCC reaffirms ZTE's national security risk Democrats urge YouTube to remove election misinformation, step up efforts ahead of Georgia runoff YouTube temporarily suspends OANN account after spreading coronavirus misinformation MORE (D-Minn.) and Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisBiden transition adds new members to coronavirus task force Club for Growth to launch ad blitz in Georgia to juice GOP turnout Biden's political position is tougher than Trump's MORE (D-Calif.), both former prosecutors, and Rep. Val DemingsValdez (Val) Venita DemingsDemings on Florida: 'We're excited about what we're seeing' but 'taking absolutely nothing for granted' Why it's time for a majority female Cabinet Sunday shows preview: The final push to Election Day MORE (D-Fla.), a onetime chief of the Orlando Police Department who has frequently discussed the need for policing reforms since Floyd’s death.