1. Various of Democratic Presidential Nominee Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden exit Delaware State Building walks toward reporters.
2. UPSOUND (English) Joe Biden, Democratic Presidential Nominee:
"Well we just voted and Jill's off to do an interview, but thanks for taking the time to cover it. And as we are."
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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, Democratic Presidential Nominee:
"There is no excuse whatsoever for the looting and the violence. None whatsoever. I think to be able to protest is totally legitimate. It's totally reasonable. But I think that the looting is just as, as the victim's father said, 'Do not do this. It's not what my son…. You're not helping. You're hurting. You're not helping my son.' And there are certain things we're going to have to do as we move along. And I think I know the local folks in Philadelphia are thinking about it as well. And that is how we deal with... how you diminish the prospect of lethal shooting in circumstances like the one we saw? That's going to be part of the commission I set up to determine how we deal with these changes. But there's no excuse for the looting."
Joe Biden is denouncing the violence and store break-ins that occurred in Philadelphia after protests in response to the police shooting of Walter Wallace Jr..
The former vice president is 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.