Biden’s Police Order ‘Is Adopting’ Portions Of Obstructed 2020 Democratic GOP Reform Bill, Says Tim Scott

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Sen. Tim Scott, RS.C., issued a scathing rebuke after President Biden’s new executive order on police reformcriticizing Democrats for hypocritically blocking their own 2020 police reform bill while partially adopting some aspects of their legislation.

“After the radical ‘defund the police’ movement helped create the current crime wave, President Biden is taking a partisan approach to many of the same political solutions I proposed in the JUSTICE Act just two years ago.” .[s] does,” Scott said in a statement after Biden issued the order on Wednesday.

“The fact is that the Democrats used what they call racist filibuster to block my reforms that they are now adopting,” the senator added.

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However, the Biden reforms differ from the Scott bill in some crucial ways.

Sen. Tim Scott, R.C., questions Chris Magnus as he appears before a Senate Finance Committee hearing on his nomination to be the next US Customs and Border Protection commissioner at the Senate Office Building Dirksen on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October February 19, 2021. Rod Lamkey/Pool via REUTERS

Sen. Tim Scott, R.C., questions Chris Magnus as he appears before a Senate Finance Committee hearing on his nomination to be the next US Customs and Border Protection commissioner at the Senate Office Building Dirksen on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, October February 19, 2021. Rod Lamkey/Pool via REUTERS
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“While my proposal added funds to help local law enforcement meet higher standards, the Democrats’ proposal exposes departments to failure by issuing unfunded federal mandates,” the senator added. “Making it harder for police to do their jobs to the best of their ability should be impossible, but that’s exactly what Biden’s plan does.”

“I am disappointed that the president who campaigned for unity has once again fallen into the trap of divisive politics,” Scott concluded.

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Senate Democrats, then in the minority, used filibuster in June 2020 to block Scott’s FAIRNESS Act of 2020, which Scott’s office said would have addressed many of the issues in Biden’s executive order.

President Joe Biden speaks during an event on the White House campus, Friday, March 4, 2022, in Washington.

President Joe Biden speaks during an event on the White House campus, Friday, March 4, 2022, in Washington.
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Biden signed the “Executive Order on Advancing Effective and Responsible Police and Criminal Justice Practices to Enhance Public Trust and Public Safety” Wednesday afternoon on the second anniversary of the killing of George Floyd under the knee of a police officer. minneapolis police

The executive order “is a measure of what we can do to heal the very soul of this nation,” Biden said.

Scott’s office highlighted eight aspects of the JUSTICE Act that made their way into Biden’s order.

Scott’s bill would have required local police to maintain a system for sharing police disciplinary records; increased penalties for all law enforcement officers who intentionally file a false police report; incentivized the use of body-worn warning cameras for local law enforcement; encouraged the prohibition of chokeholds; required the Department of Justice to develop training standards on the use of force and de-escalation; awarded grants to improve recruiting and hiring; required new best practices on fair policing tactics; and data tracking of use of force or serious bodily injury incidents.

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Some law enforcement groups celebrated Biden’s order as a “blueprint” for further congressional action, while others dismissed it as “political theater” and criticized it for “opacity.”

In 2020, Democrats proposed their own police reform bill, which included mandates, rather than incentive structures, to accomplish many of the same goals.

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