In this decisive moment when the nation is once again focused on the need to end all these super-ordinary events, Biden is uniquely placed to play a leading role in compromising with Congress after his lifetime on crime and justice law Is posted as
Biden’s decision was to reject, noting that it is no indication that Democratic legislation – which would create a national registry of police misconduct, sanctions and no-knock warrants, and maintain qualified immunity protections for police officers – marches. There is a 50-50 chance in the Senate after passage in the House without the support of the GOP.
The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Caran Bais, a California Democrat, told CNN this week that he engaged in informal conversations with Republican Sen. Tim Saul’s lawmakers from both sides, including South Carolina, as well as White House officials. road ahead. But the results of nearly a year of negotiations on Capitol Hill have yielded very little yield. Meanwhile, black and brown men are still lying unconscious at the hands of the police.
Deep resentment over what to do on the issue of policing in the Democratic Party has plagued Democrats. During the 2020 elections, Republicans incited their Democratic opponents to “disregard the police” over radical calls – an attempt to portray all Democrats as sympathetic to a scene held by a small minority. Attacks, even on Democrats who have repeatedly spoken out against “saving the police” – are already reviving as a strong subject for the 2022 midterm as Republicans take control of Congress Look forward to
According to a summary of the criminal complaint, while being detained by police, Wright fired his Glock 9mm handgun while shouting “Taser, taser, taser” while attempting to get back to the driver’s seat of the car. The former Brooklyn Center chief of police suggested the shooting was accidental, and Potter made his first court appearance Thursday after being charged with second-degree manslaughter.
“We’re still going to bury our son,” she said. “So when people say justice, I shake my head.”
A lawyer for Toledo’s family, Adena Weiss-Ortiz, disputed the police account, stating that at the time she was shot, she did not have a gun in her hand. Weiss-Ortiz admitted that he may have had a gun in his hand during the encounter, but said that whenever he turned to face the officer he let go of whatever was in his hand.
Weiss-Ortiz told reporters on Thursday, “The officer yelled at him, ‘Show me your hands,'” Adam said, turned around, his hands were empty due to the officer being shot in the chest. “If you are killing an unarmed child with your hands in the air, it is a murder.”
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said she saw no evidence in the body camera video that Toledo had tried to shoot the officers before killing them, and told the Chicago Superintendent of Police that they wanted better protection of officers, suspects and onlookers Change the policies of the feet.
“As a mother, this is not something you want children to see,” Lightfoot said Thursday during a news conference where she said her city was “plagued by a long history of police violence and mistreatment is.”
“We’ll have to do better,” Lightfoot said. “We can’t lose more lives.”
Democrats struggle with message on police reform
Before meeting with members of Congress about the American Jobs plan in the Oval Office earlier this week, Biden appeared to be targeting a middle ground, calling Wright’s shooting “a really sad thing”. , But all should add what to do and see “” investigation shows – complete investigation. “To clearly see the violence that occurred in some of Floyd’s protests last year, he centered his remarks around a call for” peace and tranquility. “
“, I want to clarify again: there is no justification – none – for robbery, no justification for violence. Peaceful protest is understandable,” Biden said on Monday. “We know that the anger, pain, and trauma that exists in the black community in that environment – is real – is serious, and it is consequential. But it will not justify violence and / or robbery.”
This weekend, White House press secretary Jane Saki declined to say whether Biden believed Potter should face charges in Wright’s death.
Biden’s austerity not only reflects a deadlock in a deeply divided Congress, but also the fact that Democrats are still struggling to refine their message on police reform – knowing the issue in the ballot box in 2022 and 2024 There will be a vulnerability.
Democrats’ vulnerability to those attacks was heightened this week by the quick response of liberal Democrat, Talib, when he tweeted on Monday that Wright’s death was not an accident and that “the police in our country are natural and deliberately racist.”
Taulib tweeted, “Daniel Wright met with aggression and violence.” “I am done with those who condemn the government-funded assassination. There is no more policing, harassment and militarization. It cannot be improved.”
Clyburn, a Democrat from South Carolina who helped Biden to the Democratic nomination last year, and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who ran as a progressive to Biden’s left when he sought the White House in 2020, quickly made his argument. Separated.
“It’s not about policing. It’s not about training. It’s about recruiting. Who are we who are recruiting to be police officers. For me this is where to focus. Have to go. We have police officers. ” Lemon on “CNN Tonight.”
As the White House looked to Congress to lead the Congressional Reform Law, this week, Saki was unclear about what executive action Biden might be willing to take on the issue. He suggested that the White House continue to put its hopes on George Floyd justice in the Policing Act: “I know not everyone knows the issues. We are not suggesting that. I would say that is an issue.” Which would be one reason. President Biden’s time in office, and we’re under 100 days. There’s more to come. ”
But as inconsistent police shootings multiply disastrous consequences for families, there is a fierce urgency in the moment, especially as the nation awaits a verdict in the Chauvin trial. Justice in policing may be “one reason” that it is more convenient for Biden to deal with the latter under his chairmanship. But by standing and waiting for others to act, he can miss the moment well.