clearn.png
Friday April 16th, 2021 4:45AM

The Latest: Biden denounces violence after Wallace shooting

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the presidential campaign (all times local):

1:50 p.m.

Joe Biden is denouncing violence that occurred in some protests in response to the police shooting of Walter Wallace, Jr. in Philadelphia and promising to study ways to prevent such shootings if elected president.

Speaking to reporters in Wilmington, Delaware after voting on Wednesday, Biden said that “there is no excuse whatsoever for the looting and the violence” that’s broken out in Philadelphia in response to the shooting, but he said protesting overall is “totally legitimate.”

Wallace, 27, a Black man, was fatally shot by police Monday after authorities say he ignored orders to drop a knife. But his family’s lawyer said the family had called for an ambulance to get him help with a mental health crisis. The shooting set off two days of protests, and some demonstrators threw debris at officers, injuring two, according to police.

Biden said he’ll be setting up a commission if elected president to study “how you diminish the prospect of lethal shootings in circumstances like the one we saw.” Biden’s criminal justice plan would increase oversight of police departments and offer funds to support police reforms at the local level.

Biden offered the comments after voting early at a government building in downtown Wilmington. Delaware allows residents to vote early by appointment, and he and wife Jill voted together.

___

HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE:

The presidential campaign shifts west as President Donald Trump visits an Arizona town across the Colorado River from Nevada. Democrat Joe Biden sees once reliably red Arizona as a prime candidate to turn blue, and running mate Kamala Harris will campaign there.

Read more:

— ‘We need you’: GOP hunts for new voters in Trump territory

— Anxiety 2020: Voters worry about safety at the polls

— Biden faces challenges in quickly combating the pandemic

HERE'S WHAT ELSE IS GOING ON:

12:48 p.m.

Joe Biden says Omaha supporters of President Donald Trump who were left in the cold after Trump’s rally is “an image that captured President Trump’s whole approach” to the health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

In remarks Wednesday, Biden referred to reports that thousands of people who attended Trump’s campaign rally at a Nebraska airport Tuesday night had to wait around in frigid weather for hours after it ended before they could get back to their cars.

Police later said about six or seven of them were taken to hospitals from the airport grounds “due to a variety of medical conditions.”

Most rallygoers had parked in lots a mile or two from the airport and were shuttled into the 7:30 p.m. event on buses. Shuttle buses were unable to return to the airport as traffic snarled and hundreds of people wandered into the streets around the airport as they tried to walk to their cars.

Police tried to clear traffic and respond to medical emergencies including some people who suffered adverse effects from the cold weather, around 30 degrees.

Trump deputy national press secretary Samantha Zager said Wednesday that because of the size of the crowd 40 shuttle buses were deployed instead of the normal 15. But she says “local road closures and resulting congestion caused delays.”

Zager said the campaign had tents, heaters, generators, hot cocoa, and handwarmers available for guests. She added, “We always strive to provide the best guest experience at our events and we care about their safety.”

___

11:55 a.m.

Six days out from Election Day, Joe Biden isn’t campaigning in a swing state. Instead, he’s receiving a briefing from public health experts on the coronavirus as cases surge nationwide.

Biden was briefed virtually at a theater in Wilmington, Delaware, on Wednesday by former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, Center for Science in the Public Interest director Dr. David Kessler, New York University medical school assistant professor Dr. Celine Grounder and Yale University associate professor of medicine Dr. Marcella Nunez-Smith.

The Democrat sat on a stage with briefing materials before him in front of a screen with graphs showing the seven-day rolling average of reported daily COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations over the past four months.

Kessler warned Biden, “We are in the midst of the third wave.”

Data compiled by Johns Hopkins shows more than 226,000 people have died from the virus in the U.S. More than 71,000 people a day are testing positive on average, up from 51,000 two weeks ago. Cases are on the rise in all but two states, Hawaii and Delaware.

Biden has made the coronavirus the central focus of his campaign against President Donald Trump, who has insisted “we’re rounding the turn, we’re doing great.” Biden has sought to draw a contrast with the Republican president on how he’d handle the pandemic.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Elections, General Election News, General Presidential Election News, AP Elections - Campaigns
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Hospital, residential areas hit in Nagorno-Karabakh fighting
Rockets have hit a hospital and residential areas amid deadly fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh that has raged for more than a month despite a U.S.-brokered cease-fire
2:08PM ( 16 minutes ago )
Tanzania votes but 'widespread irregularities' are claimed
Tanzania’s leading opposition presidential candidate asserts that Wednesday's election saw “widespread irregularities" amid a massive internet slowdown
2:00PM ( 24 minutes ago )
Europe and US facing new round of shutdowns amid virus surge
Germany on Wednesday moved to shut down restaurants, bars and theaters all over again and France weighed demands for another nationwide lockdown as an alarming surge in coronavirus infections in Europe and the U.S. wipes out months of progress against the scourge on two continents
1:57PM ( 26 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Biden vows not to make 'false promises' about pandemic
Joe Biden says he’s “not running on the false promises of being able to end this pandemic by flipping a switch” but would immediately prioritize science
1:34PM ( 50 minutes ago )
The Latest: Biden faults Trump for frigid Omaha rally end
Joe Biden says Omaha supporters of President Donald Trump who were left in the cold after a Trump rally is “an image that captured President Trump’s whole approach” to the health crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic
1:04PM ( 1 hour ago )
US charges 8 in alleged Chinese surveillance effort in US
The Justice Department has charged eight people with working on behalf of the Chinese government in a pressure campaign aimed at coercing a New Jersey man wanted by Beijing to return to China to face charges
1:03PM ( 1 hour ago )
AP Online Headlines - Washington
Heightened unrest in Philadelphia after Black man's killing
A night of peaceful protests in Philadelphia gave way to more unrest and some demonstrators clashed with police after a Black man was killed by police officers in a shooting caught on video
1:22PM ( 1 hour ago )
Change of plea scheduled in Rudy Giuliani-related case
A change-of-plea hearing is set for Thursday for a man charged with conspiring with associates of Rudy Giuliani to make illegal campaign contributions
11:38AM ( 2 hours ago )
Voting history of Detroit woman, 103, dates back to FDR
Talu Massey is among the millions of Americans who voted before Nov. 3, resulting in record-breaking early turnout
10:32AM ( 3 hours ago )
AP Elections
Trump to appeal to Nevada voters from neighboring Arizona
The presidential campaign is shifting west as President Donald Trump visits Arizona and stages a rally in a town just across the Colorado River from neighboring Nevada
5:31AM ( 8 hours ago )
Biden vows to unify and save country; Trump hits Midwest
Joe Biden has traveled to the hot springs town where Franklin Delano Roosevelt coped with polio to declare the U.S. is not too politically diseased to overcome its health and economic crises
11:17PM ( 15 hours ago )
Collins votes against Barrett, heads home to save Senate job
Republican Sen. Susan Collins of Maine is back on the campaign trail after another controversial vote on another of President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominees
10:54PM ( 15 hours ago )
General Election News
Tanzania votes for president amid fears of violence, fraud
Long lines of people in Tanzania are voting in a presidential election that the opposition warns is already compromised by manipulation, deadly violence and a massive internet slowdown
5:54AM ( 8 hours ago )
Jon Stewart will be back in the host's chair for Apple TV+
Jon Stewart is returning to TV with a new home more than five years after bowing out as host of “The Daily Show.”
8:01PM ( 18 hours ago )
The Latest: Biden says, 'We win Georgia, we win everything'
Joe Biden is setting the stakes for Georgia voters, saying, “We win Georgia, we win everything.”
6:38PM ( 19 hours ago )
General Presidential Election News
The Latest: Biden says Trump turned 'crisis into a tragedy'
Joe Biden is telling Americans to “clear the decks for action” on everything from the coronavirus pandemic to the economy if he is elected president
2:56PM ( 23 hours ago )
The Latest: Biden says US must come together to fight virus
Joe Biden is offering a hopeful call for healing in the face of the “lasting wound” the coronavirus pandemic has left on the country
2:25PM ( 23 hours ago )
The Latest: Trump, Mrs. Trump head to battleground states
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump have departed the White House for a long day of campaigning in separate battleground states
2:08PM ( 1 day ago )
AP Elections - Campaigns
Hospital, residential areas hit in Nagorno-Karabakh fighting
Rockets have hit a hospital and residential areas amid deadly fighting between Armenian and Azerbaijani forces over the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh that has raged for more than a month despite a U.S.-brokered cease-fire
2:08PM ( 16 minutes ago )
Tanzania votes but 'widespread irregularities' are claimed
Tanzania’s leading opposition presidential candidate asserts that Wednesday's election saw “widespread irregularities" amid a massive internet slowdown
2:00PM ( 24 minutes ago )
Europe and US facing new round of shutdowns amid virus surge
Germany on Wednesday moved to shut down restaurants, bars and theaters all over again and France weighed demands for another nationwide lockdown as an alarming surge in coronavirus infections in Europe and the U.S. wipes out months of progress against the scourge on two continents
1:57PM ( 27 minutes ago )
AP sources: Morey in advanced talks to lead 76ers
The Philadelphia 76ers are in advanced negotiations with former Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey to become their president of basketball operations, according to multiple people with direct knowledge of the negotiations
1:57PM ( 27 minutes ago )
Toyota adds 1.5M US vehicles to recalls for engine stalling
Toyota is adding 1.5 million U.S. vehicles to recalls from early this year to fix fuel pumps that can fail and cause engines to stall
1:55PM ( 29 minutes ago )