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Trump, GOP Discussing Proposals for Possible Police Reform

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President Donald Trump  participates in a roundtable with law enforcement June, 8, 2020. From L-R is Daniel J, Cameron AG for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the president and at right is Patrick Yoes National Fraternal Order of Police President. (Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 09 June 2020 08:35 PM

President Donald Trump and Senate Republicans plan to put forth proposals for possible police reform that could include a national database of police officer-involved shootings and putting a stop to supplying U.S. military equipment to local law enforcement, among other pitches, according to several news reports.

The GOP plan will respond to the “obvious racial discrimination that we have seen on full display on our television screens over the last two weeks,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.

Tim Scott, R-S.C., the Senate’s only black Republican, is taking the lead on the legislative side and is meeting with White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, senior adviser Jared Kushner and domestic policy advisor Ja’Ron Smith, reports Fox News.

“It’s important for this nation to take a very powerful stand and position that says we’re listening, we’re hearing and we’re reacting,” Scott told reporters Tuesday according to The Wall Street Journal. “We’re responding in a positive, constructive manner that doesn’t create a binary choice between supporting law enforcement and supporting communities of color, and I think you can actually do both.”

Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., on Monday suggested police use body cameras while Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., has discussed doing away with “qualified immunity” protections in damage lawsuits against police.

Trump on Monday met with law enforcement leaders on proposals following the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody two weeks ago. Four officers have been charged in Floyd’s death, including the white officer who pinned Floyd to the ground by placing his knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes.   

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