In SummaryGOP Senator Tim Scott blamed Senate Democrats for the police reform bill failing, a claim that top police unions are pushing back on.
The Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police pushed back on claims from Republican Sen. Tim Scott over the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act failing in Congress, according to CNN.
The two major policing organizations had come out in support of the bill, but negotiations between Senate Democrats and Republicans failed.
“The International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) are disappointed that Senate negotiators could not reach agreement on police reform legislation, and we thank all those Members of Congress who partnered with us in this effort,” they said in a statement.
Last week, Scott said that he wasn’t going to support the bill because it called for “defunding the police,” a claim that IACP and FOP rejected.
“Despite some media reports, at no point did any legislative draft propose ‘defunding the police,’” they said. “In fact, the legislation specifically provided additional funding to assist law enforcement agencies in training, agency accreditation, and data collection initiatives.”
The House passed the legislation in the spring, but the Senate failed to meet the deadline following months of negotiations.
“It was a bill that we wanted to create transparency into policing practices, raise professional standards and create real accountability when things went wrong when someone violated the law that was a police officer,” New Jersey Sen. Booker told DC Today host Del Walters on Monday.
President Joe Biden and Democrats aimed to have the bill passed by the one-year anniversary of the death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis man who police officer Derek Chauvin murdered in May 2020.
“The murder of George Floyd is a stain on the soul of America,” Biden said in a statement. “Regrettably, Senate Republicans rejected enacting modest reforms, which even the previous president had supported while refusing to take action on key issues that many in law enforcement were willing to address.”