Judy, this is an absolutely pivotal moment in Congress on this issue.
And I want to take you back last year, when we saw Senate Republicans pass one bill on this issue, led by Tim Scott of South Carolina. And that bill generally would gather data and figure out what needs to happen next.
But Democrats passed the bill that you heard so much about from your experts just a minute ago, the George Floyd Policing Act. And that is really kind of the starting point bill. It’s most pushed by Democrats, but it contains what really we’re talking about on the table.
So, let’s take a look at what’s in that again. The George Floyd Policing Reform Act would ban choke holds on a federal level and some no-knock warrants, especially in drug cases. And it would really put the pressure on states to do the same thing.
Now, police under this law could be charged with criminal offenses if they act recklessly. That would be a new lower standard for charging police in their duties. And then, also, as you heard so much about, officers would no longer be immune, what you heard about there, from lawsuits. Families instead would be able to sue more ably and more quickly in courts for any unconstitutional actions against them by police.
Now, what’s happening now, behind the scenes, there are earnest talks happening. There are three main players here, one, Karen Bass, House member from California, former head of the Congressional Black Caucus, also Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey. And then they’re talking with Tim Scott, the Republican senator from South Carolina, all of them really behind closed doors, which they all say they’re optimistic that they can find a way forward.