Senate Democrats blocked a bill on police reform from being considered for debate.
In the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Democratic lawmakers were quick to join the voice of protesters in calling for law enforcement agencies across the country to be reformed.
But, on Wednesday, these same Democratic lawmakers stopped the first effort to actually pass law enforcement reforms—a proposal submitted by Republican Congressman Tim Scott.
Politico reports the reform bill’s fate was hinged on Republicans wanting to initiate a conversation on police reform, that requires “additional disclosures about the use of force, codifies reporting requirements on the use of ‘no-knock warrants,’ provides incentives for chokehold bans and makes lynching a federal crime.”
Democrats, however, called the bill a “non-starter” and are working on their own proposal with strict reforms. A bill being worked on by Democratic Senator Cory Booker and Kamala Harris would ban chokeholds and “no-knock” warrants.
“It would also limit qualified immunity for police officers to make it easier to sue police — something Democrats argue is key to holding police officers accountable for misconduct,” Politico adds.
The Daily Caller reports Scott, the only black Republican in the chamber, scorned Democratic lawmakers for paying lip service to the cause only to kill a bill that would actually enact change.
“When Speaker Pelosi says one of the most heinous things I can imagine: that the Republicans are actually trying to cover up murder, the murder of George Floyd with our legislation, that’s not politics. That’s not a game to win. That’s you lose. You will sooner or later lose. But immediately every kid around the nation that heard that nonsense lost that moment,” Scott said.
“You see, what’s become evident to me is that she knows something that we all know. She knows that she can say that because the Democrats have a monopoly on the black vote,” Scott continued. “And no matter the return on their loyalty — I am telling you the most loyal part of the Democrat construct, black communities. And no matter the loyalty of the people, the return they get will always continue to go down because in monopolies, you start devaluing your customer.”
— Senate Republican Communications Center (@SRCC) June 24, 2020
Scott was referencing a comment Pelosi made regarding the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis back in May.
Pelosi claimed Republicans were resistant to enacting change and said they were “trying to get away with murder.”
“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,” Pelosi said, as the Daily Caller reports.
Pelosi was asked Wednesday, during an interview on NBC News, about the controversial comment and whether she would apologize for it.
She said, “Absolutely, positively not.”
The Daily Caller also reports Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer supported Pelosi and the remark.
When asked about it, Schumer responded: “Pelosi has answered that question herself, and what she said is fine with me.”