In the aftermath of the police protests from last Summer, Americans demanded reform among police. Regardless of what side of the debate you were on, you at least agreed the country could do more to improve police training and the relationship of cops with their communities. After all, it was hard to ignore the widespread protests and riots that were hitting nearly every city in America.
At that time, Republicans rose to the challenge. With the support from President Trump, Sen. Tim Scott drafted a bill that would address real problems within police departments, while providing funding to improve their training and ability to maintain the peace. All of it would have been done without vilifying the cops or embrace left-wing propaganda.
Naturally, Democrats killed the bill, refusing to even debate it.
Now, after almost a year, Democrats suddenly want police reform. So, Tim Scott is firing back.
Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) criticized House Democrats on Tuesday over their forthcoming police reform bill, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act (JIPA), after Senate Democrats filibustered his JUSTICE Act last year, despite bipartisan support…
His original bill, the Just and Unifying Solutions to Invigorate Communities Everywhere (JUSTICE Act), included several measures long sought by advocates of police reform, including incentives for chokehold bans and grants for body cameras…
“The actual problem is not what is being offered; it is who is offering it,” a visibly frustrated Scott told the Senate last year. [Source: Breitbart]
Democrats are known for pushing an agenda when emotions are high. No time was better to get police reform done after the death of George Floyd. Very few Americans would have been against passing reforms for positive change. And it would have been a great achievement of cooperation and bipartisanism, at a time when tension between Americans was high.
Instead Democrats, led by then-Sen. Kamala Harris, blocked the bill for no reason. They insulted Tim Scott numerous times, refusing to even vote on it. Yet now, they suddenly want police reform, forcing their own bill that has similar measures to Scott’s.
Don’t Democrats claim they want unity? Then why torch every opportunity they have to work with Republicans to unite the country? When it was time to work on a new COVID package last summer, Pelosi refused to even discuss options. Only now, when they have a slim majority, are Democrats racing to get COVID relief done (before people stop caring about the virus).
It’s the same thing with police reform. Democrats’ idea of “unity” is really, “Do what we say or else.” They aren’t really interested in the input from their Republican colleagues. Nor are they very concerned with what actual Americans want.
If this bill passes in the House and makes it to the Senate, don’t be surprised to see Republicans block it. In fact, they probably should, just to send Democrats a message.