President Biden will address violent crime in a speech today, including the alarming rise in homicides.  He will unveil his administration’s anti-crime strategy.  White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said there will be a focus on gun violence.  She called firearms a “central driver” in violent crimes.  Biden will likely make another plea for passage of police reform legislation in the Senate.  Bipartisan negotiations are continuing.  Psaki noted the President has never supported defunding police.

Calls for national policing reforms increased after the death of George Floyd in May of last year.  Floyd was an unarmed Black man who suffocated in police custody in Minneapolis.