U.S. Sen. Cory Booker on Wednesday abandoned his efforts to reach a deal with Senate Republicans to overhaul policing practices in response to the deaths of several unarmed Blacks at the hands of law enforcement.
“There was still too wide a gulf with our negotiating partners and we faced significant obstacles to securing a bipartisan deal,” he said in a statement.
After the House in March passed legislation in response to the killing by police of George Floyd, naming the bill for him, Booker took the lead in trying to draft legislation with U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., that could attract enough Republican senators to become law. But he said Wednesday that his efforts had failed.
“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 …