Bass is the sponsor of the police reform laws that the House passed in a part-party vote in March. The bill is named after George Floyd, whose death in Minneapolis police custody last spring sparked national outrage over political brutality and systemic racism. The murder trial against former police officer Derek Chauvin in Floyd’s death is expected to be concluded on Monday and passed on to the jury with final arguments. a judgment could come soon thereafter.
“We just can’t see this and to the extent that it is happening now,” said Bass. “So if we have laws that hold cops accountable so they don’t have immunity and feel like they can do what Derek Chauvin did and go with impunity, we need to be able to prosecute cops We need to ban the choke. Hold on. We need to ban no-knock warrants. There needs to be a register of problem officers. “
Scott and New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker led the Senate effort.
“Senator Scott is the key. I think he was a perfectly honest broker. He was very helpful to work with. So Senator Scott and Senator Booker are taking the lead in the Senate because … the bill has already passed the house “said Bass. “But we continue to work together to find a solution that creates the majority needed to pass laws in the Senate.”
The police law has not moved forward in the Senate, where 60 votes are required to wrap up the debate on draft bills, which requires at least some level of support from both parties.
Similar laws were passed last summer. The then Republican-controlled Senate came up with its own police reform plan, sponsored by Scott, but the Democrats prevented the plan from moving forward.
Democrats now control the Senate and the White House in Biden backs the house police law. But in an evenly divided Senate, the Democrats must win at least 10 Republican senators to send the bill to Biden’s desk.