Kristen Clarke, President Biden’s nominee to run the Justice Department’s civil rights division, told senators Wednesday that she supports his efforts to invest an additional $300 million for local law enforcement agencies and pledged to find common ground with police if she is confirmed to the job. Clarke, 46, testified during a contentious confirmation hearing that she does not support the push from Black Lives Matter to broadly defund police departments. Under intensive questioning from Republican lawmakers on the Senate Judiciary Committee, Clarke said she has advocated for reallocating limited existing funding to bolster mental health care and other social services to help alleviate pressure on overburdened police officers. Read more