Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., on Tuesday ripped an executive order signed by President Donald Trump that provides police increased funding and bans chokeholds unless an officer's life is in jeopardy.
"While the president has finally acknowledged the need for policing reform, one modest executive order will not make up for his years of inflammatory rhetoric and policies designed to roll back the progress made in previous years," Schumer wrote in a statement on Tuesday.
Schumer continued, "Unfortunately, this executive order will not deliver the comprehensive meaningful change and accountability in our nation’s police departments that Americans are demanding."
The Democratic-led House and the Republican-led Senate have individual bills coming down the pike to address police brutality. However, it is uncertain whether it will get through the other chamber as currently written.
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., thinks the GOP measure will punish chokeholds but worries about the control Congress has over police departments. The House measure contains a national ban on chokeholds, national standards for use-of-force and a federal database tracking police misconduct.
"Congress needs to quickly pass strong and bold legislation with provisions that makes it easier to hold police officers accountable for abuses, and President Trump must commit to signing it into law," Schumer said.
Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., who chairs the Congressional Black Caucus, recently said the Fraternal Order of Police and other police groups favor portions of the House proposal that create national standards.
"I had an hour-long meeting with the Fraternal Order of Police, and they are very supportive of the idea of national standards and significant training," Bass told Chris Wallace "Fox News Sunday." "You should be accredited to be a police officer. Any profession that allows you to use lethal force, there should be very significant training."
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