2020 presumptive Democrat nominee Joe Biden has angered some activists by considering Rep. Val Demings for his running mate.
Demings, who served as an impeachment manager, is one of the final contenders to be Biden’s running mate according to reports.
DailyMail reports Joe Biden’s deliberations over his choice of running mate are causing concern among Black Lives Matter activists calling for police reform, after suggestions grew that he could choose a former police chief.
Biden, 77, has already pledged to have a woman as his vice president.
He is facing mounting calls to choose a woman of color, and among those on the shortlist is believed to be former Orlando police chief Val Demings.
But her suggestion as running mate is angering some, with opponents critical of her record while police chief. They point to several incidents of police using excessive force but going without serious punishment during her tenure.
‘Joe Biden would be an idiot to put her on his ticket,’ said Hawk Newsome, chairman of Black Lives Matter, Greater New York chapter.
‘People are already on the fence about him,’ he told The New York Post.
‘When black people become police officers, they are no longer black. They are blue.
‘And I have been told this by numerous officers.’
Demings, 63, a two-term Florida congresswoman, has soared in prominence as riots flared around the country following the killing of George Floyd.
‘She’s fresh and new, and seems better on TV than Kamala [Harris],’ a campaign insider told the New York Post.
‘I think right now she’s got an outside but decent shot at VP.’
Demings has publicly stated her interest in the role.
‘It is absolutely an honor, and these are the kind of opportunities that I want every boy and girl who are watching – no matter the color of their skin or how much money they or their parents have or where they live that in this country – they are supposed to live the American dream,’ Demings told her local tv station, Channel 9, when asked about being considered for the job.
But Demings’s 27 years in the Orlando police Department, before rising to become the city’s first female chief, are said to be complicating the matter.
Demings was chief from 2007-11, then retired from the force and in 2012 ran for office. She was elected as a representative for Florida in 2016.
The Biden campaign staffer said there was ‘definitely going to be some stuff in her record people won’t like.’
The source added: ‘Other VP candidates are probably researching that furiously.’
Other names mentioned include California senator Kamala Harris; Massachusetts senator Elizabeth Warren; Georgia politician Stacey Abrams; Barack Obama’s former UN ambassador Susan Rice; New Mexico governor Michelle Lujan Grisham; and Keisha Lance Bottoms, mayor of Atlanta, who has like Demings has seen her profile surge during the protests.