Democratic presidential nominee Joe BidenJoe BidenTexas announces election audit in four counties after Trump demand Pennsylvania AG sues to block GOP subpoenas in election probe House passes sweeping defense policy bill MORE said Wednesday that the police officers who shot Jacob Blake and Breonna Taylor should be charged with crimes.
Speaking at a press conference with reporters on Wednesday, Biden was asked if the officers should face charges in separate incidents that have touched off racial justice protests across the country.
“I think we should let the judicial system work its way,” Biden said. “I do think at a minimum they need to be charged.”
A Biden official later clarified that Biden believes charges "appear" warranted but that a full investigation should take place first.
"He believes that, based on everything he has seen, charges appear warranted, but that there should be a full investigation to ensure all the facts are known first," the official said. "It is essential that officers in situations like this are held accountable, under due process."
Biden on Thursday will visit Kenosha, Wis., which has been at the epicenter of racial and civil unrest following Blake’s shooting.
Blake was shot in the back seven times in front of his children. The officers had been called to the scene by a woman who had previously accused Blake of sexual assault.
Taylor was killed in her apartment in March after the police entered with a no-knock warrant while she was sleeping. Taylor’s boyfriend fired on the officers, believing they were intruders. The officers returned fire, killing Taylor.
Both incidents have sparked racial justice protests and demands for police reform.
Trump visited Kenosha earlier this week to highlight businesses that had been destroyed during the protests.
Biden said he would look to “bring people together” during his visit on Thursday.
“There’s been overwhelming requests that I do come,” Biden said. “We have to heal, we have to put things together, bring people together.”