Senator Tim Scott (S.C.), the lead Senate Republican negotiator on police reform, on Monday signaled he’s willing to have another go at the tough issue in the wake of Tyre Nichols’ death at the hands of Memphis police, while criticizing Democrats for blocking his reform bill in 2020 for not going far enough.
Scott pushed back on Democratic colleagues, such as Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin (Ill.) and Senator Cory Booker (N.J.), for suggesting that Republicans were the reason Congress hasn’t yet passed a major police reform bill.
Scott criticized Durbin’s opposition to his Just and Unifying Solutions To Invigorate Communities Everywhere Act (JUSTICE) Act, which would have ended the use of police chokeholds and created a “duty” for officers to intervene when they see a colleague use excessive force against a suspect.
Scott said on the Senate floor, “Yesterday on ABC’s ‘This Week,’ Senator Durbin asked Senator Booker and I to come back to the table and start talking about policing in America. I never left the table.”
He continued, “But it was Senator Durbin who filibustered my JUSTICE Act. It was Senator Durbin who called the effort to make de-escalation training more available a token piece of legislation.”
“Politics too often gets in the way of doing what every American knows is common sense. Here we find ourselves again… having the same conversation with no action having happened so far, he added.
Scott tweeted Monday, “Time & again I asked for common sense policies, such as the duty to intervene. They’ve been filibustered by the left. These are not ‘token’ solutions. They are policies that would have made a difference in Memphis. Americans are sick of politics as usual & they want action now.”
Time & again I asked for common sense policies, such as the duty to intervene. They’ve been filibustered by the left. These are not “token” solutions. They are policies that would have made a difference in Memphis. Americans are sick of politics as usual & they want action now. pic.twitter.com/i5HSLpkxP2
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) January 31, 2023
— The Hill (@thehill) January 31, 2023
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