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Monday, March 27, 2023

Tim Scott: Negotiations for police reform have broken down because Democrats want to defend the police

Sen. Tim Scott (RSC) said he believes the month-long talks on police reform broke down this week as Democratic lawmakers called on law enforcement to cut funding.

“It simply came to our notice then. The Republican senator told CBS’s Face the Nation, ‘I’m not going to participate in reducing funding for the police after we see a big city after defending the main city police. “There are many provisions in this bill [Democrats] I wanted to agree to limited or less funding for the police.

“We want to wear the best badge, and we want the weak to be protected,” Scott added. “So when you bond loss of funds under this Act, you should expect an allergic reaction from me.”

Discussions on police reform law erupted in the wake of the assassination of George Floyd in Minneapolis by former police officer Derek Chauvin.

Proponents of “defending the police” argue that the government needs to spend less on law enforcement and more on social services to combat racism. The movement was echoed in the Black Lives Matter protest last summer after the deaths of Floyd and Brauna Taylor.

Sen. Scott and Sen. But the trio announced this week that talks had stalled.

“We were not making progress. In fact, the front with the recent paper has shown me that we are actually moving away from it, ”Booker told reporters in Washington.

“Unfortunately, even after this law enforcement assistance and offer of further compromise, there was still a wide canal with our negotiating partners and we faced significant obstacles in securing bilateral agreements,” Democrats said in a separate statement.

CBS reports that it has received a document detailing Booker’s “minimum requirements” for police reform, including a no-knock warrant and a ban on chokeholds. It further said that the departments would have to implement some reforms to be eligible for different types of grants.

“We have about a billion dollars in grant money that goes to the police,” Scott told host Margaret Brennan. “When you start saying, ‘To get those dollars, you must do A, B and C. And if you don’t do a B and C, you literally lose the qualification for the two main pots of money … when you say local The law enforcement agencies that you are ineligible for money, it is humiliating the police, there is no way to turn it around.

Violent crime has risen in several major cities since civil unrest, protests and riots erupted across the country last summer, prompting a number of politicians who previously supported the “Defend the Police” movement to publicly try to distance themselves. A survey conducted in May this year showed that only 1 percent of respondents returned to the police department.

Jack Phillips contributed to this report.

Isabel van Brugen



Isabel Van Brugen is an award-winning journalist and currently a reporter for The Epoch Times. He holds a Masters in Journalism from the City, University of London.


This News Originally From – The Epoch Times

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