The GOP policing bill in the U.S. Senate doesn’t do enough to make those who enforce the law subject to it, Sen. Patrick Leahy said on the floor of the Senate.
“The Scott bill purports to create a new grant program to fund and mandate the use of body-worn cameras, which have been instrumental in holding both the police and suspects accountable. But Congress already created that program five years ago, and the Appropriations Committee has been funding it every year since. Where the Scott bill would create incentives to encourage police departments to change behaviors, the legislation introduced by Senators Booker and Harris would actually change those behaviors. That includes by banning chokeholds and no-knock warrants. And, unlike the Booker-Harris bill, the Scott bill would not address qualified immunity, which allows officers to evade accountability even when a court finds they violated someone’s constitutional rights.”
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