House and Senate Democrats unveil their expansive police reform bill wearing Kente cloth handed out by the Congressional Black Caucus pic.twitter.com/vs7eG562YR
— Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) June 8, 2020
– bans choke holds (How George Floyd died)
– bans no knock warrants in drug searches (how Breonna Taylor died)
– creates a national registry of police bad actors
– requires a national use of force database@SpeakerPelosi calls it a first step. There is more to come
— Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) June 8, 2020
Per the Washington Post:
Congressional Democrats rallied Monday around broad police reform legislation, urging President Trump and Republicans to rapidly embrace measures aimed at boosting law enforcement accountability, changing police practices and curbing racial profiling…
The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 would ban chokeholds, establish a national database to track police misconduct and prohibit certain no-knock warrants, among other initiatives. The bill, which has more than 200 Democratic co-sponsors, contains several provisions that would make it easier to hold officers accountable for misconduct in civil and criminal court.
Many of the proposals were crafted long ago but are garnering attention now amid the nationwide protests in response to Floyd’s death in police custody last month.
“Never again should the world be subjected to witnessing what we saw on the streets in Minneapolis: the slow murder of an individual by a uniformed police officer,” Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.), chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said at the outset of a Capitol Hill news conference at which she said the Democratic legislation presents “a bold, transformative vision of policing in America.”
Pelosi promised swift passage of the legislation following hearings in the House and urged Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to take up the legislation soon after it clears her chamber.
“The martyrdom of George Floyd gave the American experience a moment of national anguish as we grieve for the black Americans killed by police brutality today,” Pelosi said, adding that the moment “is being transformed into a movement of national action” and that Trump should not stand in the way of justice…
Some Democrats expressed optimism that Republicans would not be monolithically opposed to the legislation.
“I assume we will have Republican support,” said Bass, a co-architect of the proposal. She said she met last week with the Problem Solvers Caucus, a bipartisan group of centrists, and came away optimistic that some moderate Republicans would support the legislation…
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said he has already had some discussions with Republicans about the legislation, while Sens. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) said they were in talks with GOP lawmakers.
“There are Republicans who are interested in doing something on this topic,” Booker said in an interview with The Washington Post. “I’m not in any way underestimating the challenges we have before us in getting Republicans on this entire bill.”….
As the news conference unfolded, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) tweeted what he called a thank-you message to police officers.
“Democrats want to defund you, but Republicans will never turn our backs on you,” McCarthy wrote.
And, after declining to answer questions about the Democratic proposal, McConnell lashed out at the “outlandish calls” to “abolish the police” in favor of funding other social programs…
So the GOP leadership intends to stand up to defend military-style ‘security forces’ murdering random people with impunity, because… well, because that’s what being a Republican in 2020 really means. Full details at the link.
Of course, the Very Progressive Cosplay Socialists, because they are all about REAL REFORM NOW, had one question: What’s with the kente cloth?
When you raise as much money for the DCCC as the CBC does, you get to tell Nancy Pelosi what scarves to wear.
— Tentin Quarantino (@agraybee) June 8, 2020
Rep. Clyburn has some experience with bad cops, of course, and yet:
On call, Clyburn warned against using defund police rhetoric, and others spoke out too including Cicilline and Bass. AOC, who has previously spoke out in favor of defunding and slashing NYPD budget, urged her colleagues to try to understand the debate and not mock it, per sources https://t.co/QFJCg4YU3P
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 8, 2020
Over on the Senate side:
The #JusticeInPolicing includes provisions of my bill to strengthen accountability & transparency over law enforcement use of lethal force by rewarding states that enact laws requiring independent reviews, criminal investigations and, when necessary, prosecutions.
— Tammy Duckworth (@SenDuckworth) June 8, 2020
Once again, Joe Biden is the candidate for the moment:
People are claiming "defund the police" helps Trump. But it can also help Biden. He can unveil the most robust police reform plan in history, and then say, "but don't worry, I'm not like those crazy defund the police people." He's a consensus politician, and he's good at this. https://t.co/Tpa0w7nuLU
— (((Yair Rosenberg))) (@Yair_Rosenberg) June 8, 2020
the same ppl who cry "twitter isn't real life" will see 3 viral videos and say dems in disarray https://t.co/6fFM9820B3
— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) June 8, 2020
Speaking of viral videos…
— Madam Auntie Kamala Harris for VP! (@flywithkamala) June 8, 2020