Biden highlights police funding, gun control efforts at National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service

President Biden addressed the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the Capitol on Wednesday, paying tribute to police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

In remarks at the annual event, which is sponsored by the National Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Biden highlighted the trip he took to North Carolina just a couple of weeks ago to meet with the families of fallen officers in Charlotte. Four law enforcement officers were killed, and four other officers wounded by a suspect who opened fire in a warrant-related gunfight on April 30.

“Every time you put on that shield and walk out of the house, your family wonders if that call will come, or if they’ll get that terrible call somewhere during the day or night,” Biden said.

“You feel like you’re being sucked into this… losing part of your soul,” he added, sharing about his personal experiences with loss. 

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Biden delivers remarks at the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service at the U.S. Capitol on May 15, 2024. (Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

He referenced his late son Beau’s Army service and repeated a common line about how loss feels like a “black

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