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Sen. Scott's Police Reform Bill
Jun 25, 2020 at 09:53 PM
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The Quick Facts

  • On Wednesday, the Senate blocked a Republican police reform bill, in a procedural vote of 55-45. The bill needed 60 votes to proceed.
  • The legislation called for making lynching a federal hate crime, instituting a national policing commission to review the U.S. criminal justice system, and collecting data on force by police, among other measures.
  • Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), the only Republican Black senator, authored the bill. He expressed frustration over the lack of Democratic support, calling the stalled result "Pure race politics at its worst."

Food For Thought

Did the Senate make the right decision? What's next for police reform?

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