UPDATED 3:39 PM PT – Friday, September 24, 2021
A GOP lawmaker has called out Democrats for turning their backs on police reform negotiations. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said he’s “deeply disappointed” in his colleagues on the left for repeated calls to defund police.
During an interview on Friday, the South Carolina Republican said he refuses to support a bill that “demoralizes” local law enforcement and “destabilizes” communities. The lawmaker also pointed to big liberal cities like Minneapolis, Portland and Seattle, where police reform issues originated under blue leadership.
“Everyone knows that change requires resources and what the Democrats wanted to do was tie accreditation to more money or less money,” said Scott. “They literally said if you do not become an accredited department around this nation, we will cut your ability to apply for grants.”
Experts warned without those government funded grants, which are at risk of being held hostage by the left, more law enforcement officers are expected to leave the force. They lament this will only add to the mass exodus from departments nationwide.
When we demoralize and defund officers, we destabilize the communities they serve. pic.twitter.com/jtXpFjRDFJ
— Tim Scott (@SenatorTimScott) September 24, 2021
As Democrats continue to cling to what Scott calls their “misguided idea of perfect” in regards to police reform, crime is likely to increase and citizens will be left unguarded. Meanwhile, a bipartisan agreement appears distant as police overhaul discussions continue on Capitol Hill.