House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) is preparing to introduce a bill that she promises will launch “very drastic” changes needed to bring about critical law-enforcement reforms.
According to The Hill, the legislation is expected to address factors beyond excessive force and racism within the nation’s police departments.
Pressure for such action has mounted in response to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died following a brutal encounter with a Minneapolis police officer. Video of the incident has sparked widespread protests and demonstrations across the U.S.
“We will not relent until…justice is served”
While Pelosi’s proposal is likely to focus on oversight that would address bad actors on police forces, she is not expected to endorse more radical suggestions like the call from some progressive officials to defund or disband law-enforcement agencies.
The Congressional Black Caucus, which has taken the lead in drafting this bill, shot down such far-left proposals, as Fox News noted.
Nevertheless, Pelosi made it clear that Floyd’s death marked an “inflection point” for the nation and required decisive action.
“We will not relent until that is secured — that justice is secured,” she said, according to The Hill.
Reports indicate the legislation could be ready to move forward within the month. It comes as presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden seeks to shed his past tough-on-crime reputation.
“Turn our anguish into purpose”
Indeed, as Donald Trump declares himself the “president of law and order,” Biden has come out in favor of policing reforms.
“I see you, I hear you, and I’m angry as well,” Biden said during a recent virtual town hall, according to NBC News. “But we have to turn our anguish into purpose. If we just let this wound scab over again, it’s never going to heal.”
There seems to be a rare opportunity for bipartisanship, though, as Republicans in the House say they will be willing to work alongside Pelosi and the Democrats.
The speaker also mentioned the need to address “other injustices,” however, which could signal another effort to turn worthwhile legislation into a progressive wish list. It would be a shame if the Democrats let their own political ambitions stand in the way of actual progress.