Senator Tim Scott said on Sunday that he hopes to pass a bipartisan bill to reform American policing, but warned that the final text cannot contain provisions to “demonize” police officers.
The chief Republican negotiator told Fox News Sunday Legislators have been trying to reach an agreement before the scheduled adjournment in August, which will begin in less than two weeks.
The South Carolina senator told the host Martha McCallum: “We have resolved this issue yesterday. We will discuss it in a conversation today. We will meet tomorrow. I will also talk to law enforcement leaders tomorrow. “I think the bill is promising, there is no doubt about it.”
The bipartisan police reform agreement that lawmakers started working last year is progressing slowly George Freud In police custody.After the former Minneapolis police officer, negotiations have intensified since April Derek Chauvin Convicted of killing Freud for second-degree manslaughter and second- and third-degree murder.
The bill was introduced by Democratic Rep. Karen Bass in June last year. It aims to comprehensively revise the nation’s policing and focuses on making the police responsible for the casualties of those detained by the police. It also seeks additional training for officials in local departments and prevents excessive use of force.
Senate Republicans A version of the package was launched in late June, which was supported by the president Joe BidenThe four chief negotiators, Scott, Bass, and Senators Corey Booker and Tim Scott, announced in a joint statement an “agreement on a framework for resolving major issues.” Legislators said last month: “There is more work to be done on the final bill, and nothing is agreed until everything is agreed.”
But since then, negotiations on some key issues have stalled, including whether to allow officials to face civil lawsuits. “That will never happen, it cannot happen,” said Scott, the only black Republican. Senate, Calling it a “bad policy.” He also rejected the cancellation of funding for the police, saying “We need to frankly refund the police.”
Conditional immunity has always been the crux of negotiators. Democratic Party Want to get rid of this doctrine, while Republicans have expressed their firm opposition to abolishing the legal principles that protect state and local officials from civil liability.
Scott listed issues that Republicans are willing to negotiate, including strangulation, militarization of law enforcement, and anti-drug orders. “We can make them better and more transparent. We are making progress on these issues,” he said.
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