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​DEMOCRATS PASS BILL IN HOUSE TO FORCE STANDOFF WITH GOP OVER POLICING

One day after senators blocked a GOP led policing reform bill from advancing on the senate floor, Democrats in the House have approved a historic, sweeping policing reform bill Thursday, setting up a face off with the Republican Senate where bipartisan talks have stalled.

The bill was named in honor of George Floyd, a black man who was killed in police custody exactly one month ago in Minnesota, and most of us are familiar with what has prompted demand to address police brutality.  And, actuation’s of racism, rioting, looting, destruction of innocent victims’ properties and businesses, as well as destruction of federal and state properties, such as statues and monuments depicting our country’s history.

I am not saying we don’t need some reform in policing policy.  I really don’t think we do.  There is often a bad apple or two in a bushel, and I believe that is the case in this instance.  We need to eliminate those and go forward.  I just can’t believe that they are naming a bill after a career criminal. 

It seems this will incite more to do horrific acts just to get their name in the headlines, or on new and upcoming bills in our legislature.

I am so disgusted in seeing Nancy Pelosi and others, stating as she did today, “Today we have the opportunity and the obligation to ensure that his death (George Floyd) and the death of so many others is not in vain.  

This new bill would ban choke holds and no-knock warrants in drug cases and reform qualified immunity, making it easier to pursue claims against police officers in civil court.  Again, we are protecting the criminals and exposing our policemen and policewomen to follow guidelines that could cost them their lives.  

This legislation was spearheaded by Congressional Black Caucus Chairwoman Karen Bass.  Other requirements in the House bill include incentives for state attorney generals to investigate local police and providing grants for states to create procedures for investigating police-involved deaths.   Also, racial bias training would be mandated.

Instead of all this money being spent to investigate and harass police, maybe it should be spending this unforeseen money, to give an increase in pay for these underpaid heroes.  With all the restrictions, policing bills, low pay, etc., our country is going to have a hard time keeping police people on the job.

Senator Tim Scott, (R-SC), the lone Black Republican in the Senate, slammed Democrats for blocking debate and said the move was “about politics, and a refusal to find a solution.”

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