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Dems Block Republican Police Reforms

Posted on: Tue 30 Jun 2020

In lieu of the continuing Black Lives Matter protests in the United States, efforts have been made by Federal and State bodies to reform or defund police forces. These proposed measures have ranged from training officers to follow less violent procedures to completely abolishing and replacing the police presence.

This week Senate Democrats blocked a bill from the Republican Party to reform police forces, on the grounds of it not sufficiently addressing systemic racism in law enforcement. The alternative Democratic Bill, based on banning rather that disincentivizing chokeholds & no-knock warrants, faces unlikelihood of passing by Congress – while still being criticised for inadequacy.

A state vote will be happening this November in Minneapolis for replacing the city’s police department with a ‘Department of Community Safety and Violence Prevention’.

US Correspondent Taylor Kaplan joins Breakfast’s Tom Mann and Zoe Kounadis to elaborate on this news from the States. You can read more from Taylor at SFWeekly.

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