Top police organizations push back on GOP Sen. Tim Scott’s attack on Democrats for why police reform talks broke down

“Despite some media reports, at no point did any legislative draft propose ‘defunding the police,’ ” based on a joint assertion from the 2 teams. “In fact, the legislation specifically provided additional funding to assist law enforcement agencies in training, agency accreditation, and data collection initiatives.”

Scott mentioned final week that he was “not going to be part of defunding the police” after bipartisan negotiations fell aside, and mentioned that disagreement was over tying grant cash to cooperating with the reform efforts.

The South Carolina Republican had spent some six months with Democratic Sen. Cory Booker and Rep. Karen Bass making an attempt to hash out a deal that would win 60 votes within the Senate, however talks have been stymied by various difficult points like certified immunity, a authorized doctrine that protects law enforcement officials from being sued in civil court docket.

The joint assertion from the FOP and the IACP mentioned the invoice would have “strengthened the law enforcement profession and helped improve the state of community police engagement without compromising management and officers’ rights, authorities, and legal protections.”

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“Our organizations remain steadfast in working with all interested parties who are willing to take a fact-based approach to enact effective and lasting change, to avoid a patchwork of state laws that do not provide uniform standards and guidance to the policing profession,” the 2 teams mentioned.

“The IACP and the FOP will continue to embrace the challenge, instill strong values into our agencies at all ranks, and hold ourselves accountable for our actions, in order to build a more cohesive and safer future for our communities.”

Requested about Scott’s feedback on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, Booker burdened that the laws being mentioned “would have had millions of dollars for police departments” and mentioned “this is not a time for partisanship.”

“I talked to the members of the families, this week of those who were unfortunately murdered by police officers. And they were very generous saying, ‘We’re glad you held the line on certain things.’ It’s a shame when you have leaders of law enforcement who were there with you, but we couldn’t get it all the way.”

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The breakdown in negotiations underscores how far political momentum has drifted from earlier this 12 months, when policing talks have been seen by many on the Hill as having the perfect probability of truly turning into bipartisan laws.

Scott advised CNN final week he had recommended shifting ahead with a “skinny” model of the invoice as a result of the congressional negotiators had agreed on some factors.

“To think that we had a chance to really refund and resource some of the priorities that would make these neighborhoods safer and healthier and better, to walk away from that because of what was on the table is hard,” he mentioned.

CNN’s Shawna Mizelle contributed to this report.