Vice President Kamala Harris accused Republicans of rejecting ‘even the most modest’ police reforms, which she called ‘unconscionable,’ after Sen. Cory Booker announced Wednesday that negotiations were dead six months after they began.
Harris had introduced Democrats’ Justice in Policing Act in Congress along with Booker, D-N.J., and Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif.
Democrats in the House introduced the Justice in Policing Act in June 2020 and at the same time Republicans led by Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C.,
‘We learned that Republicans rejected even the most modest reforms. Their refusal to act is unconscionable. Millions marched in the streets to see reform and accountability,’ she said in a statement.
Meanwhile, the vice president has spoken out against Border Patrol’s treatment of Haitian migrants at the southern border but has not released a plan for stemming the sudden onslaught at the border, as Biden’s point person for addressing the root causes of migration.
President Biden on Wednesday evening said that Republicans had rejected police reforms that even the previous president had supported.
‘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,’ he said in a statement.
Biden said he was reviewing ‘potential further executive actions’ to take.
Booker said that on Tuesday he gave Scott Democrats’ final offer, and after the South Carolina Republican did not accept, he called Scott Wednesday to inform him negotiations were done.
‘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,’ Booker explained in a statement.
Scott blasted his Democratic colleagues for ‘walking away from the table.’
‘Democrats said no because they could not let go of their push to defund our law enforcement.’
‘After months of making progress, I am deeply disappointed Democrats have once again squandered a crucial opportunity to implement meaningful reform to make our neighborhoods safer and mend the tenuous relationship between law enforcement and communities of color. Crime will continue to increase while safety decreases, and more officers are going to walk away from the force because my negotiating partners walked away from the table.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail