GOP Sen. Tim Scott set to reintroduce police reform bill

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 29: U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) poses before a meeting with Seventh Circuit Court Judge Amy Coney Barrett, President's Trump's pick for the Supreme Court, in the Mansfield Room of the U.S. Capitol on September 29, 2020 in Washington, DC. Barrett is meeting with senators ahead of her confirmation hearing on October 12, less than a month before the general election. (Photo by Bonnie Cash-Pool/Getty Images)

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) (Photo by Bonnie Cash-Pool/Getty Images)

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UPDATED 5:45 PM PT – Wednesday, April 21, 2021

South Carolina Senator Tim Scott (R) is planning to reintroduce his police reform bill in the coming weeks.

On Wednesday, Scott told reporters on Capitol Hill that he’s trying to work across the aisle to see if a bipartisan compromise can be reached. He said he is having talks with California Representative Karen Bass (D) and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker (D).

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 10: Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) speaks as U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken testifies before the House Committee On Foreign Affairs March 10, 2021 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Blinken is expected to take questions about the Biden administration's priorities for U.S. foreign policy. (Photo by Ting Shen-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 10: Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA). (Photo by Ting Shen-Pool/Getty Images)


Democrats and Republicans both introduced competing police reform bills in 2020, neither of which got very far.

“There is a way to put more of the onus or the burden on the department or on the employer than on the employee,” Scott said to reporters.

He emphasized, enabling victims and their families to go after the departments, rather than a lone individual, “is a way we can make progress towards a bill that actually has the kind of impact I think is helpful.”

Scott said lawmakers are now focusing on a handful of issues, like ending qualified immunity and placing a federal ban on chokeholds and no-knock warrants.

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