Sen. Mike Lee and Lex Scott, the founder of Black Lives Matter Utah, both believe there’s an opportunity to pass a meaningful police reform bill through congress, but time is running out.
Scott and Lee appeared on Fox News to discuss their recent meeting, and what should be included in potential police reform legislation.
“We spoke about reforms, pushing for data collection, independent civilian review boards, qualified immunity reform, body cam legislation,” said Scott. “I’ve spoken with Mitt Romney about this as well. I’m working on both sides of the aisle.”
A bill, sponsored by Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina, was blocked by Senate Democrats who said it did not go far enough to address the concerns about the police following the nationwide protests that erupted following the murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer.
Lee said the Scott proposal was a good starting point, but he was disappointed Democrats did not want to work with Republicans to improve the legislation.
“It wasn’t a perfect bill, but a step in the right direction. We could have and should have improved that into something much better. Democrats chose to vote against it,” he said. “I had a good conversation with some renewed effort to get the Tim Scott bill back on the floor and I am optimistic we can move forward with it.”
Scott pleaded with lawmakers in Washington to act now, because time is running out.
“We have been ignored for years, and now the world is finally listening and it won’t mean anything unless we get real reform. This is our time. We have this little piece of time that we can change the world, so I’m begging, please, someone pass a police reform bill in Washington,” she said.