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Chances look slim for Congress to overhaul policing laws any time soon

By | Rachel Brooks

Staff | Telegraph Local
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Above, WOOD TV 8 captures protests in Washington as the Black Caucaus calls for police reform.

Despite the need highlighted via the George Floyd civil rights protests, the chances of federally-guided police reform appear to be “slim” in Congress. These comments were made by CNN Politics on June 3. CNN states that Washington lawmakers are skeptical as to what the right path is moving forward post the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis, MN police officer Derek Chauvin. CNN quoted Senator John Cornyn of Texas. Cornyn stated that it was “classic” for Washington to take a single incident and then to sensationalize it as an epidemic issue. His Democratic counterparts, however, have moved to work on legislation that will ban all police brutality. The application of this ban has not been explicitly stated. 

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The debate over police reform has become a strongly polarizing topic between right-wing and left-wing voters. Chad Prather of the WatchChad show in the Fort Worth, Texas area is a good example. Mr. Prather made statements via Twitter warning voters on Democrat policing increase policies. 

“Liberals want bigger government. Bigger govt brings more laws. More laws demand more enforcement. More enforcement means more policing. What are you protesting again? 

Stop voting democrat,” said Mr. Prather, in a tweet that was posted at 3:40pm on May 29. 

Another example is Tommy Tighe of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. Tighe shared his thoughts concerning “systemic racism” and the impact of the 13th amendment on the country’s policing laws. 

“Have any of the Catholics in my mentions claiming systemic racism doesn’t exist ever considered the 13th amendment’s impact on our country?

“Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime…shall exist within the United States

this exception in the amendment abolishing slavery is the starting point for the racist policing, laws, enforcement of those laws, and criminal justice system we have today

to say “there’s no such thing as systemic racism” proves how privilege blinds us to evils so plain to see,” said Tighe in a pair of  tweets that was posted at 12:04pm on June 2. 

At the citizen level, Americans are incredibly accusatory of each side and are divided within their own political factions regarding policy procedure. This we can infer by comparing the statements of the two subjects above. Yet, this divide extends to the official level. U.S. Senator Tom Cotton came under intense scrutiny when he submitted an opinion piece to The New York Times regarding military enforcement in the wake of George Floyd protests. The op-ed is entitled “Send in the Troops.” The post was criticized by journalists, even those who worked at The New York Times, as these individuals questioned why The New York Times would run the piece. Senator Cotton’s piece was written in a verbiage that appeared to promote full martial law. 

A former editor for the op-ed column, Mr. Sewell Chan, compared the scenario alluded to in Tom Cotton’s op-ed to the events of the Tiananmen Square Massacre 31 years ago on June 3. 

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“Today is the 31st anniversary of the start of the #TiananmenSquareMassacre, when Chinese troops, citing “rioting,” killed thousands of peaceful protesters. Is that the message we want to be sending?” said Mr. Chan, in a tweet that was posted at 7:20 pm on June 3. 

Mr. Chan now edits for the Los Angeles Times. 

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