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Police Reform Looks Like It Will Be Tough To Pass

Posted at 7:34 AM, Jun 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-18 07:34:38-04

LANSING, Mich. — Happening today in Washington Senate Republicans revealing their proposals to address police reform. So what's the difference between what Democrats are proposing and what Republicans announced and does any of this have a chance at becoming law? Our Joe St. George is in Washington with what this means for local police departments.

Something strange is happening here on capitol hill. Both democrats and republicans want to get something done when it comes to police reform.

Both want to address police chokeholds and use of force but the details well that's where the politics is beginning to emerge. So what's the difference?

On police chokeholds Democrats want an outright ban meanwhile Republicans want to incentivize a ban by taking away grants to police departments who don't comply.

On no-knock warrants, Democrats want them banned in drug cases nationwide. Republicans want to study the issue.

On new police funding, Democrats say no new funding. Republicans more funding for training

On Qualified Immunity, which currently prevents officers from being sued, Democrats want to end practice. Republicans say keep it.

Now there is some agreement in both parties want to make lynching a federal hate crime. And more body cameras. But there are nuances and those nuances are why passing a comprehensive police reform law is going to be tricky. Expect votes though as early as next week.

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