Following the killing of George Floyd last summer, there were calls for more police training and reform. The GOP and its media arm, though, decided that any kind of police reform amounts to “defunding the police.”
The Derek Chauvin case ended this week with the former officer being convicted on 3 separate charges. The case, though, did help to shine a brighter light on the need for police reform.
Democrats have been talking about police reform for years and it’s an important part of Joe Biden‘s agenda. Some Republicans are now signaling a willingness to play ball.
In the next week, there will be a verdict on the Derek Chauvin case. Historically, police officers have not been acquitted in cases like this one. There is, however a cautious optimism that the Minnesota police officer will be convicted.
Nancy Pelosi has slammed Republicans’ policing reform bill, which won’t ban chokeholds or no-knock warrants. The Senate bill will likely not advance following Democratic opposition,
The Speaker of the House told CBS News Radio that the Senate GOP bill was insufficient and that it was unlikely that the parties could reach a compromise on the bill.
Recent polling indicates that an overwhelming number of Americans, close to 75%, support the protests, inspired by George Floyd’s murder, against racism and police brutality. This approval, polls reveal, stretches across party lines and racial lines.
The Biden campaign issued a statement where they support the new Democratic police reform bill but oppose defunding police departments.