Deal on National Police Reform ‘Out of Reach’ as Negotiations End

In Summary

Bipartisan negotiations on national police reform have ended after legislators from both sides of the aisle failed to reach a compromise. 

A bipartisan group of legislators working on police reform negotiations has failed to come together and solidify a deal.  

According to The Hill, the failure to reach a resolution came over deep divisions between the two parties. Senator Cory Booker has been negotiating with Senator Tim Scott and Representative Karen Bass for months about police reform. On Wednesday, Booker said the discussions are now over.  

“After months of exhausting every possible pathway to a bipartisan deal, it remains out of reach right now, ” Booker said. “Unfortunately, even with this law enforcement support and further compromises we offered, there was still too wide a gulf with our negotiating partners and we faced significant obstacles to securing a bipartisan deal.”  

Bass blamed Senate Republicans, saying, “[Democrats] accepted significant compromises, knowing that they would be a tough sell to our community, but still believing that we would be moving the needle forward on this issue. But every time, more was demanded to the point that there would be no progress made in the bill that we were left discussing.”  

RELATED: DOJ Limits Chokeholds, No-Knock Entries for Federal Officers  

The House passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act twice with plans to ban chokeholds, carotid holds and no-knock warrants, make changes to qualified immunity and create a registry for police misconduct. However, the bill stalled in the Senate in 2020. Now, it needs ten votes from Republican legislators to break the filibuster if Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer were to bring it up for a vote.  

Bass is now calling on President Joe Biden to use his power to handle police reform. “With our counterparts unwilling to come to a compromise, we have no other option than to explore further avenues to stop police brutality in this country,” she said. “I now call on President Biden and the White House to use the full extent of their constitutionally-mandated power to bring about meaningful police reform.”

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