Addressing an audience in Flint, Michigan on Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden stressed the importance of sufficient police forces in the fight against violent crime.
“In 2008, when Flint had 265 sworn officers on their police force, there were 35 murders and 91 rapes in this city,” Biden said. “In 2010, when Flint had only 144 police officers, the murder rate climbed to 65 and rapes—just to pick two categories—climbed to 229. In 2011, you now only have 125 shields. God only knows what the numbers will be this year for Flint if we don’t rectify it.”
The Weekly Standard, however, chose to go in a different direction when reporting on the VP’s remarks. “Biden Warns of More Rapes and Murders If Jobs Bill Is Not Passed,” their headline reads.