Tim Scott: Police Reform Talks Collapsed Because Democrats Want to Defund Police

Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) said he believes months-long negotiations on police reform broke down this week because Democratic lawmakers called for slashing funding to law enforcement. “We said simply this. ‘I’m not going to participate in reducing funding for the police after we saw a major city after major city defund the police,’” the Republican senator told CBS’s Face the Nation. “Many provisions in this bill [Democrats] wanted me to agree to limited or reduced funding for the police.” “We want the best wearing the badge, and we want the vulnerable protected,” Scott added. “So when you tie funding losses in this legislation, you should expect an allergic reaction from me.” Talks of police reform legislation emerged in the wake of the May 2020 killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis by former police officer Derek Chauvin. Proponents of “defund the police” argue that governments should spend less on law enforcement …Read More

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