Republican Senator Tim Scott says that he will be finished drafting a proposal for a policing reform bill in the next two weeks.
“I think we are on the verge of wrapping this up in the next week, depending on how quickly they respond to our suggestions,” Scott said.
Scott says he has discussed a potential compromise on the policing bill with Democratic Rep. Karen Bass and Democratic Sen. Cory Booker.
Last summer, Scott introduced a policing reform bill after Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin killed George Floyd, but the bill failed in the Senate.
Scott says that the proposal makes it easier for victims of police brutality to sue police departments.
“There is a way to put more of the onus or the burden on the department or on the employer than on the employee,” Scott told reporters. “I think that is a logical step forward, and … it’s something that the Democrats are quite receptive to.”
Scott added that there are “really only four or five outstanding issues from my perspective”: The 1033 program, which provides local and state police with military equipment, ending qualified immunity, and a federal ban on chokehold and “no-knock” warrants.