On Tuesday, Democratic Congresswoman Maxine Waters said that Republicans didn’t seem to care about “rogue cops” who she claims “target” racial minorities and “cause… their lives to be lost.”
Rep. Waters made her comments on Spectrum’s “News 1 Los Angeles.”
Today marks 1 year since George Floyd was murdered. We must always remember the 9+ minutes that Chauvin kneeled on his neck & we must be committed to holding police accountable. George Floyd & others who have met similar fates must not have died in vain. The struggle continues.
Rep. Waters: Republicans ‘Basically Support All Of The Police No Matter What Harm They Cause’
“We have the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act that’s on the Senate side, and it is stalled,” Waters said.
“The negotiators are working to try and work out some kind of way the act will not be compromised” she added. “They haven’t gotten to the point they can agree on it yet.”
Waters then touched on the controversial issue of qualified immunity, which currently protects law enforcements officers from lawsuits.
Waters said, “There’s one issue as you know that is middle of the controversy, and that is qualified immunity.”
She added, “So I’m just hopeful our negotiators will be strong, and they will continue to try and make sure we have a good, sound piece of legislation would really benefit all of our communities and particularly our communities that have been so harmed by rogue cops who have basically targeted people of color and cause them to be harmed and their lives to be lost.”
The Democrat added, “What you have is a typical disagreement between Democrats and Republicans and how we view our responsibilities to all of the people.”
“On one hand, the Republicans have law enforcement no matter what they do,” Waters insisted. “They are the ones who support the police unions. Who basically support all of the police no matter what harm they cause.”
“I want qualified immunity out!,” — Rep. Maxine Waters on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
— The Campaign to End Qualified Immunity (@campaigntoendqi) May 23, 2021
Waters: ‘This Is Typical Of The Republicans’
Waters continued to demean Republicans.
“This is typical of the Republicans in the way that they don’t seem to care as much,” Waters said. “They don’t seem to think police should be held accountable — that somehow, they should be able to do whatever they want to do. They join in ways in which to protect them.”
“Philosophically we are on different ends on what we need to rein in rogue cops and what we need to do for police accountability,” Waters ended.
Democrats Filibustered Black Republican Tim Scott’s Reform Bill
Waters conveniently left out that Republicans have offered substantive police reform ideas – only to be rebuffed and blocked by Democrats.
In July 2020, just a month after the death of George Floyd, Democrats filibustered and blocked GOP Sen. Tim Scott’s police reform bill.