Lawmakers Announce Bipartisan Agreement In Police Reform Bill

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Three top negotiators announced Thursday (June 24) that an agreement on federal police reform legislation was reached. 

“After months of working in good faith, we have reached an agreement on a framework addressing the major issues for bipartisan police reform,” Rep. Karen Bass, Sen. Tim Scott, and Sen. Cory Booker said in a joint statement. 

“There is still more work to be on the final bill, and nothing is agreed to until everything is agreed to,” the statement continued. “Over the next few weeks we look forward to continuing our work toward getting a finalized proposal across the finish line.”

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act has been stalled in Congress despite the House having passed it back in March. Some key areas of the bill, like ending qualified immunity for police officers, has led to the stall. Qualified immunity is the legal doctrine that prevents individual officers from being liable in civil lawsuits for on-the-job conduct. 

The Hill reported that a final draft of the bill isn’t yet clear, though the original draft of the bill sought to expand federal civil rights provisions to ensure citizens have their constitutional rights upheld. 

The announcement of a deal comes a day before former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is set to receive his sentence for killing George Floyd on May 25, 2020.

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