The White House on Wednesday condemned Senate Republicans after months of bipartisan discussions about revising the law around the American policing system, without a deal.
In separate statements, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris Sen Corey Booker (DN.J.) and Rep. Named after a black man killed by Minneapolis police in 2000, he served as a catalyst for nationwide protests against police brutality and racial injustice.
“This law will hold law enforcement accountable and provide greater transparency when police abuse and excessive force are applied,” said Harris, who introduced the core justice in policing law with Booker and Bus as a senator. “It’s part of the legacy of George Floyd, the legacy of Brauna Taylor and the legacy of many more who have been victims of police misconduct. Part of our collective responsibility to each other. While the law may not be a panacea, it may be a step towards equal justice.
The goal was to pass the bill by May 25, the anniversary of Floyd’s death. Not only did lawmakers miss that deadline, but bilateral talks were disrupted by Wednesday. Booker, Buss and Sen. Tim Scott (RS.C.) have been trying for the past six months to draft a bill that would win 60 votes in the Senate, but the law faced several obstacles, such as qualified immunity, a legal doctrine that protects civil litigation. From the police.
“Today … we know that Senate Republicans have chosen to reject even the most moderate reforms. The refusal to do their job is unreasonable, ”Harris said. “Millions of people have marched in the streets to demand reform and accountability, not more inaction. Going forward, we are committed to exploring every available step at the executive level to advance the cause of justice in our nation.
Booker told reporters that he made it clear in private talks with Scott that the bilateral talks were over, adding that “the recent backlash … has shown me that we are moving away from progress.” Bus House has confirmed the final outcome and said the next step is the intervention of the Biden administration.
“The problem is, at some point you just have to say, ‘Will you come to an agreement or not?’ That’s it, “he told reporters.” It wasn’t like there was a big fight. It wasn’t like there was a big crack, but at a certain point you have to recognize that you’re just turning your wheel.
Biden said he still hopes to sign a “comprehensive and meaningful” police reform bill that honors Floyd, “but this moment demands action, and we cannot stop those who are obstructing progress from responding to our call.” He mentioned his judiciary’s policy on chalkholds, no-knock warrants and body cameras.
The White House says it will continue to work with Booker, Buss and other members of Congress who are “serious about meaningful police reform” and must “consult with civil rights leaders, law enforcement professionals and the families of victims” to determine the way forward. ” I could potentially take more executive action to advance our efforts to adapt to American ideals.
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