Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said Tuesday it was “particularly poignant and appropriate” that the Senate confirm Kristen Clarke to head the Department of Justice’s civil rights division on the anniversary of the George Floyd murder – in addition to ongoing efforts by Congress to provide a Strong non-partisanship to achieve police reform legislation.
He said the DOJ’s civil rights division is “often the tip of the spear investigating law enforcement agencies with patterns or practices of constitutional violations” that we endorse Kristen Clarke … where she can continue the fight against bigotry. “
He noted how Democratic MP Karen Bass of California, Democratic Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, and Republican Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina worked behind the scenes to create bipartisan police law and “that important work continues must as we strive to ensure that George Floyd’s tragic death is not in vain. “
Even more background: The House of Representatives passed a law in March aimed at preventing police misconduct named by the Democrats in Floyd’s honor. However, the law has stalled in the Senate. A group of non-partisan lawmakers is currently working on an agreement. One of the sticking points is qualified immunity, which protects police officers from civil lawsuits.
Senate Justice Chairman Dick Durbin said today that the issue of qualified immunity will be “not resolved” in ongoing legislative negotiations.
“Negotiations are still ongoing. They are positive. There are differences,” Durbin told CNN when asked about qualified immunity.
President Biden originally set the deadline for law enforcement reforms to be passed today, the anniversary of Floyd’s death. Press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday the White House has “confidence in the negotiators” but does not offer a specific schedule for when Biden would like a bill on his desk, saying only that he will get it “as soon as possible possible “would like to have.
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