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Lack of bipartisan action on police reform dishonors George Floyd

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President Joe Biden’s legacy was dealt another blow when negotiations for bipartisan police reform halted Wednesday.

Following months of talks headed by Sens. Cory Booker, D-N.J., and Tim Scott R-S.C., and Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., irreconcilable differences on the substance and scope of the police reform bill dashed hopes for what could’ve been landmark legislation. “After months of exhausting every possible pathway to a bipartisan deal, it remains out of reach right now," Booker lamented in a statement. “The time has come to explore all other options to achieve meaningful and common sense policing reform."

The president echoed Booker’s sentiments: "I still hope to sign into law a comprehensive and meaningful police reform bill that honors the name and memory of George Floyd, because we need legislation to ensure lasting and meaningful change. But this moment demands action, and we cannot allow those who stand in the way of progress to prevent us from answering the call."

Biden rolled into office pledging to have the back of the Black community. Everything he does must be measured against that promise. The fact that he punted this issue to Congress is not just a crisis of........


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