Sen. Tim Scott, who delivered the Republican response to President Biden’s tackle to Congress, mentioned Sunday that “America isn’t a racist nation,” and as each side of the aisle negotiate police reform on the federal degree on Capitol Hill, the purpose “is not for Republicans or Democrats to win, however for communities to really feel safer and our officers to really feel revered.”
Scott, a Republican from South Carolina, additionally contended on an look on CBS’ “Face the Nation” Sunday that “combating bigotry with bigotry is hypocrisy,” as Biden final week known as on Congress to cross a police reform invoice by the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s dying, Could 25. Scott was the topic of assaults from the left over his rebuttal to the tackle.
“I personally perceive the ache of being stopped 18 instances driving whereas Black,” Scott mentioned, arguing he brings an “equilibrium” to the dialog. “I even have seen the fantastic thing about when officers go door to door with me on Christmas morning delivering presents to children in probably the most underserved communities.”
“America isn’t a racist nation,” he affirmed, arguing that Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and one of many leaders within the Home Democrat caucus, Rep. Jim Clyburn, from South Carolina, additionally agreed.
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“The query is, ‘Is there a lingering impact after a few centuries of racism and discrimination on this nation?’ The reply is totally,” the senator continued. “The query we needs to be debating and combating over is how will we resolve these points going ahead? One facet says I’ll take from some to provide to others. Combating bigotry with bigotry is hypocrisy.”
Scott, who first supplied proposals on police reform final summer season, mentioned he’s extra hopeful change can happen this time as a result of now he believes the left isn’t searching for a difficulty, as a substitute for an answer.
“If we bear in mind, the purpose is not for Republicans or Democrats to win, however for communities to really feel safer and our officers to really feel revered,” Scott advised host John Dickerson. “If we will accomplish these two main objectives, the remaining will probably be historical past.”
He pointed to what the 2 payments have in frequent on information assortment and mentioned Democrats and Republicans have come nearer by negotiations and conversations on no knock warrants and chokeholds. Scott mentioned one other problem below dialogue is Part 1033, which has to do with getting authorities gear from the army for native police.
The Republican mentioned he additionally has Democratic help on the difficulty of certified immunity after proposing that civil lawsuits can sue police departments, as a substitute of particular person officers.
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“However the true query is how do we alter the tradition of policing? I feel we try this by making the employer accountable for the actions of the worker. We try this with medical doctors. We try this with attorneys. We try this in any respect most all of our industries,” Scott mentioned. “And if we try this in legislation enforcement, the employer will change the tradition. So versus having one officer change or not change, we’ll have all officers remodeling as a result of the departments are taking over extra of that burden.”
“As I spoke with the members of the family on Thursday, they have been very receptive to that proposal as a result of what they’re searching for is one thing that exhibits progress,” Scott added, referring to his closed door assembly on Capitol Hill with civil rights attorneys Ben Crump and Bakari Sellers and the members of the family of Black individuals killed by police in a number of high-profile instances.
These family members included: Philonise Floyd, the brother of George Floyd; Alissa Finley, the sister of Botham Jean; Tiffany Crutcher, the sister of Terence Crutcher; and Gwen Carr, the mom of Eric Garner.
Scott mentioned the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin within the homicide and manslaughter of Floyd, in addition to the conviction of former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager within the 2015 taking pictures dying of Walter Scott throughout a site visitors cease, present promise for change.
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The senator mentioned Republicans have additionally led the combat in securing the best degree of funding for traditionally Black faculties to degree the enjoying discipline in training, in well being care by addressing sickle cell anemia and for alternative zones so as to convey sources into poor communities.
“We’ll see what we’ve seen, which is the unemployment charges hitting all-time lows for African-People, Hispanics, 70 yr low for ladies,” he mentioned. “These issues really matter.”