Democrats this week proved they don’t want law enforcement reform — they just want to run on the difficulty this drop in its place. Which is the distinct bottom line of the Senate minority’s refusal to enable a vote, or even debate, on the GOP monthly bill, shepherded by Sen. Tim Scott.
“Our monthly bill does a thing. Theirs does almost nothing,” Property Speaker Nancy Pelosi sniffed. Phony: In reality, quite a few provisions in Scott’s invoice are the exact same as ones in the Democrats’ Dwelling invoice.
No, the Republican bill would not end “qualified immunity,” which can protect cops from remaining individually held liable for damages for violating someone’s legal rights.
Scott mentioned the difficulty is a “nonstarter” for his get together — but the GOP might’ve occur all over in negotiations with the House, if Democrats hadn’t strangled the Senate invoice in the cradle.
The Republican invoice instructed the legal professional general to prohibit federal officers from employing chokeholds and inspired states to ban them (and rein in no-knock warrants) by putting federal money on the line. It expected departments to report all officer-concerned fatalities to the FBI and, like the Dems’ invoice, would have created lynching a federal crime.
The Residence monthly bill does go even further, but not substantially. And Scott, a black male who’s experienced police misconduct himself, was so passionate about getting reform handed that he instructed Democrats he’d let them to give ample amendments for the duration of debate. “They mentioned no. They had no desire to essentially remedy this situation prior to the election,” the senator advised Fox News. (Dwelling Democrats, in the meantime, rammed their bill as a result of with out allowing for a single Republican amendment.)
Pelosi is currently being completely shameless, charging that Republicans are “trying to get absent with murder, in fact — the murder of George Floyd.” Requested if she wished to soften that statement, she in its place doubled down.
In truth, it’s the Democratic refusal to make it possible for Senate discussion that has finished any chance of policing reform passing Congress this yr.
By Pelosi’s logic, that means that her get together is the a person attempting to get away with murder.