Police reform push crumbles in Congress
September 23, 2021
WASHINGTON – Congressional negotiators said they are breaking off bipartisan talks on a police reform package sparked by George Floyd's killing, after failing to reach a deal under intense pressure from the White House.
The development comes after lawmakers failed to meet a deadline set by Democratic President Joe Biden to reach consensus by the May 25 anniversary of the Minnesota man's death.
"After months of exhausting every possible pathway to a bipartisan deal, it remains out of reach right now," said New Jersey Democratic Sen. Cory Booker in a statement announcing the news. "Even after working collaboratively with and securing the support of policing groups like the Fraternal Order of Police and International Association of Chiefs of Police for our proposals."