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U.S. SENATE NEARS COMPROMISE ON POLICE REFORM BILL

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IT’S BEEN ONE-YEAR SINCE GEORGE FLOYD’S DEATH WHILE IN MINNEAPOLIS POLICE CUSTODY,

IOWA SENATOR CHUCK GRASSLEY SAYS A BIPARTISAN POLICE REFORM BILL IS NEARLY READY TO GO TO A VOTE IN CONGRESS.

GRASSLEY SAYS SENATORS COREY BOOKER, A DEMOCRAT FROM NEW JERSEY, AND TIM SCOTT, A REPUBLICAN FROM SOUTH CAROLINA, ARE WORKING ON A COMPROMISE VERSION OF THE BILL.

SCOTT, THE ONLY BLACK REPUBLICAN U-S SENATOR, SAYS THE BILL IS DESIGNED TO HOLD LAW ENFORCEMENT ACCOUNTABLE FOR VIOLENT INCIDENTS, WHILE ALSO DEVELOPING A SYSTEM TO TRACK PROBLEM OFFICERS.

GRASSLEY SAYS SCOTT FIRST CRAFTED THE MEASURE LAST SUMMER, BUT IT’S BEEN LANGUISHING FOR MONTHS.

COPBILL3 OC……….”AN AGREEMENT” :16

GRASSLEY SAYS THERE ARE A “COUPLE DOZEN PARTS” TO THE BILL, BUT THREE KEY ELEMENTS HAVE BEEN THE SOURCE OF DIFFICULTY:

COPBILL4 OC……..”POLICE DEPARTMENTS” :18

THE BILL ALSO AIMS TO IMPLEMENT A RESTRICTION ON THE POLICE USE OF CHOKEHOLDS, LIKE THE ONE USED ON FLOYD.
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