Politics botched chance at police reform

Americans must insist Congress try again.



June 30, 2020 - 10:08 AM

LAPD Commander Gerald Woodyard takes a knee with protesters and clergy members on June 2 in downtown L.A. Photo by Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS

WASHINGTON — After Americans reacted in outrage to the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Republicans and Democrats in Congress promised quick action on police reform.

Leaders on both sides offered a long list of ideas: a ban on chokeholds, an end to “no-knock” searches, and more.

Then, last week, the Senate deadlocked on the issue almost as quickly as it had vowed to act.

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