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No Deal on “Police Reform Negotiations”

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the staff of the Ridgewood blog

Washington DC, a bipartisan group of lawmakers spearheading “police reform negotiations” say their talks are officially over amid deep divisions that they weren’t able to overcome.

Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who has been negotiating with Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) for months, said on Wednesday that those talks had ended without a deal to reform police tactics and put new accountability measures in place.

“After months of exhausting every possible pathway to a bipartisan deal, it remains out of reach right now,” Booker said in a statement.

“Unfortunately, even with this law enforcement support and further compromises we offered, there was still too wide a gulf with our negotiating partners and we faced significant obstacles to securing a bipartisan deal,” he added.

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Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) issued the following statement:

“America has a serious problem when it comes to discriminatory policing and excessive and deadly force used against communities of color. We can’t properly honor the lives of the victims of this violence if we don’t take meaningful steps to prevent future violence and deaths from occurring and make our communities safer.

“We made it clear from the beginning of our negotiations that a bill must ensure true accountability, transparency, and the policing standards necessary to bring an end to horrific incidents of violence Americans are routinely seeing — like the murder of George Floyd. After months of exhausting every possible pathway to a bipartisan deal, it remains out of reach right now, 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.

“Unfortunately, even with this law enforcement support and further compromises we offered, there was still too wide a gulf with our negotiating partners and we faced significant obstacles to securing a bipartisan deal.

“The time has come to explore all other options to achieve meaningful and common sense policing reform. I will not stop fighting until we achieve change that keeps our communities and police officers safe.”

6 thoughts on “No Deal on “Police Reform Negotiations”

  1. Has the Village of Ridgewood settle there police contract .

  2. Spartacus has never accomplished anything…..except getting elected.

  3. We see that Paterson is fighting to receive hazardous pay because of the epidemic. Just like supermarket employees received not bad.

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  4. Good…hold your ground, never give an inch!

  5. Spartacus grew up on the mean streets of Harrington Park and the shadowy halls of Oxford.

  6. What about the fire department did they finalize their contract.

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