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Sen. Tim Scott: Justice Act Brings Law Enforcement, Communities Closer

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By    |   Wednesday, 17 June 2020 09:19 AM

Sen. Tim Scott, who will present the Justice Act before the Senate on Wednesday, described it as legislation that will bring the interests of law enforcement and communities of color closer together, as it is a "false choice" to pick one or the other side. 

"You can actually serve America and bring the two groups together," the South Carolina Republican, who is spearheading the measure, said on Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "We take care of police reform, we have accountability and transparency and we focus on gathering more information, more data so that we can direct training in the direction that actually deescalates and it gives a responsibility to intervene in certain situations."

The measure also talks about grants and resources that will encourage departments to come to conclusions that are in the best interest of the law enforcement officer and a suspect, and deals with the conversation about transparency "so that there's more information through the department, to the state and to the federal level, on what is necessary for us to have the highest-performing, character-driven law endorsement agencies that we all want."

The measure comes in the wake of nationwide protests after the death of Minneapolis resident George Floyd, but does not include legislation to defund and dismantle police departments. 

Scott also responded to statements made by Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C., who told Fox News Tuesday that he does not believe an executive order on police reform, signed by President Donald Trump, goes far enough. 

Clyburn also claimed that comments Scott made praising the Trump administration's record on African-American issues were not true, including making funding for historically black colleges and universities for the first time in American history were not true. 

"You can't dispute the facts," Scott said. "You can look them up, but you can not dispute them."

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Sen. Tim Scott, who will present the Justice Act before the Senate on Wednesday, described it as legislation that will bring the interests of law enforcement and communities of color closer together, as it is a "false choice" to pick one or the other side. 
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