On eve of anniversary of George Floyd murder, policing reform act tied up in Congress

Sen. Cory Booker, chief negotiator for Democrats, says they’re making progress

Tuesday marks the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death and vigils, memorials and rallies are being planned. Activists and those who’ve lost loved ones to police encounters are planning to take part. George Floyd’s family held a remembrance march in Minneapolis over the weekend.

President Biden set a goal of passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act by this anniversary, but Congress is still at odds over the bill. It includes the creation of a national standard for police department operations and a national registry of data on police misconduct. The legislation would also streamline federal laws that prosecute excessive force and ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants. Eliminating qualified immunity, which shields police officers from lawsuits, remains a major sticking point.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) is the chief negotiator for Democrats and says they’re making progress:

“We’re not there yet, but we’re getting closer and closer to meeting what I think is a fundamental necessity for this bill. We have to have a bill that creates more accountability to American policing, more transparency for American policing and really moves us forward. This bill will not solve all problems but in order for it to be worth it, it has to be meaningful reforms that address the issues that had Americans in every single state, all over our state of New Jersey, out literally in the streets doing peaceful protests for reform.”

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