Democrat-backed police reform bill passes House vote

Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., speaks during a news conference on the House East Front Steps on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 25, 2020, ahead of the House vote on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

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UPDATED 11:31 PM PT — Friday, June 26, 2020

House Democrats passed a police reform bill with almost no support from the Republican minority. The bill, crafted by the Democrat majority, reportedly passed with support of all Democrats and only three Republicans late Thursday.

This came after Senate Democrats blocked a similar bill proposed by Republican Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.). The House bill was spearheaded by Black Caucus member Karen Bass and seeks to ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants in drug cases as well as reform qualified immunity for police officers.

“Sen. Scott mimics parts of our bill,” said Rep. Bass (D- Calif.). “So he addresses choke holds, he addresses the federal registry, he addresses no-knock warrants, but he doesn’t really have any teeth in his bill, the enforcement piece.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has said the bill won’t pass the Republican-held chamber. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy slammed the bill Thursday by saying by rejecting Republican-made amendments it guarantees the bill will go nowhere.

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