(CNN)The rubber met the road this week as protests over police brutality and the unequal treatment of black Americans spurred multiple efforts in Washington over policing reform.
House and Senate Democrats released their proposal first, calling for a ban on chokeholds, a National Police Misconduct Registry, incentives for state and local governments to conduct racial bias training for officers, and restrictions on the transfer of military-grade equipment to local law enforcement entities.Later, Senate Republicans, with the help of lone black GOP Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, rolled out their own plan. It includes more money for body cameras and penalties when they’re not used, anti-lynching legislation, tracking no-knock search warrants and creating a national database for officers’ records.
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There’s a key split, according to CNN’s Lauren Fox: While on principle, some of the ideas to create a national registry of police behavior are shared between both parties, the biggest difference is how you get there. Republicans are urging a state-based solution, while Democrats want a broader mandate.The White House is also in the mix. On Thursday, President Donald Trump gave more details about the forthcoming White House executive order: While at a roundtable in Texas, Trump said the order will encourage police departments nationwide to meet the most current, professional standards for the use of force, including tactics for de-escalation. He added that he has no plans to defund the police. Read MoreThe President gets his campaign-based return to normal next week. Trump announced his first MAGA rally since March, before the coronavirus hit in earnest. It’s scheduled for Tulsa, Oklahoma, on June 19. The city has a tattered legacy of racial violence, and the date of Trump’s rally, also known as Juneteenth, marks the end of slavery in America. Yet coronavirus’ shadow looms. Those attending the rally are required to sign a waiver saying the campaign won’t be liable if any attendees contract coronavirus. The Point: The protests over police brutality have pushed Washington’s gears into action. But where the government ends up is, right now, unknown.