House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she believes Republicans are “trying to get away with murder” when it comes to police reform.
In the aftermath of Minneapolis law enforcement officers killing George Floyd after kneeling on his neck for nearly nine mines, Congress has heard several arguments for police reform but has not yet passed anything.
As the Independent Journal Review reports, Pelosi said during a CBS Radio interview on Tuesday that a bill that cleared the Republican-majority Senate was “unsalvagable.”
She said, very plainly, that the bill “doesn’t take action” and “doesn’t make any difference.”
Pelosi, when asked about a potential compromise, continued: “We’re saying no chokeholds…They’re not saying no chokeholds. I mean, there’s a big difference there. What’s the compromise? Some chokeholds? I don’t see what the compromise is.”
She added, “For something to happen, they’re going to have to face the realities of police brutality, the realities of the need for justice in policing, and the recognition that there’s many, many good people in law enforcement, but not all. And that we have to address those concerns.”
Then Pelosi dropped the controversial line.
“So, when they admit that, and have some suggestions that are worthy of consideration — but so far they were trying to get away with murder, actually, the murder of George Floyd,” she said.
The Independent Journal Review reports:
Pelosi also noted that the House of Representatives hopes to pass the Democratic police reform legislation on Thursday.
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The Senate is expected to vote on Wednesday on a Republican police reform bill, which is led by Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), as IJR reported. However, there is expected to be a showdown as there needs to be 60 votes but Democrats have expressed opposition to it.
“It will never get 60 votes,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) declared Tuesday. “We need a bipartisan bill and a process to get there. That’s when we will move a bill.”