Republican Sen. Tim ScottTimothy (Tim) Eugene ScottRepublicans to introduce House version of Scott police reform billClyburn: ‘May be possible’ to close the Charleston loophole in a police reform billMcConnell signals he will not negotiate police reform with Democrats before bringing up billMORE (S.C.) took a swipe at Democratic Sen. Dick DurbinRichard (Dick) Joseph DurbinMcConnell signals he will not negotiate police reform with Democrats before bringing up billSenate could vote on GOP police reform bill as early as next weekThis week: Lawmakers look to advance police reform billsMOREs (Ill.) after Durbin called the GOP police reform bill a token, half-hearted approach.
Yall still wearing those kente cloths over [email protected]? tweeted Scott, who is the only black Republican in the Senate and the lead architect of the Republicans police reform proposal.
Yall still wearing those kente cloths over there @SenatorDurbin? https://t.co/h3WETXn3We
Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) June 17, 2020
Scott was referring to a photo-op by congressional Democrats in the Capitol visitors center the day they introduced their own police reform legislation, during which they kneeled and wore traditional African kente stoles.
The move led to bipartisan criticism from conservatives and progressives that felt they appropriated African culture.
The Democratic proposal for police reform, introduced last week, seeks to place a federal ban on chokeholds, halt the use of no-knock warrants and repeal the qualified immunity doctrine, which protects officers from lawsuits over actions they take on the job.
The Republican bill, introduced Wednesday, would incentivize departments to halt the use of chokeholds and includes new penalties for not using body cameras, requirements on law enforcement records retention and a separate bill that makes lynching a federal hate crime. It does not seek to act on no-knock warrants or qualified immunity.
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Lawmakers began working on police reform legislation after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. His death sparked massive protests in dozens of U.S. cities with protesters demanding lawmakers take action to prevent police brutality.