By Ann Brown
Protests following the police killing of George Floyd in May 2020 in Minneapolis prompted a push for police reform. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act was created and was introduced in February 2021. Now bipartisan police reform legislation talks ended without a deal.
The talks were led by Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Rep. Karen Bass of California. They decided on Sept. 22 to call off negotiations with a group of Republicans led by Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina.
Many observers say the end to the police reform talks was near after Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said that that police reform didn’t need to eliminate qualified immunity for police, even though the Democrats were pushing for this.
Qualified immunity is a defense that law enforcement and other government officials can raise in response to lawsuits seeking monetary damages for alleged civil rights violations, according to Time.
House Majority Whip Clyburn suggested during a May 9 interview on CNN’s “State of the Union ”that he would be willing to support policing reform legislation even if it did not end qualified immunity.
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