WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) joined MSNBC’s Meet the Press Daily to discuss the GOP policing reform legislation proposed in the Senate. 

“The bill that's been introduced, that I understand Majority Leader McConnell may well bring to the floor, doesn't meet this moment,” said Senator Coons. “There are some significant weaknesses, in terms of accountability, in terms of mandating simple and basic changes like ending no-knock warrants and really ending choke holds. And then there's other changes in terms of accountability and strengthening the hand of the U.S. Department of Justice that are essential to even a basic attempt at meeting this moment.”

Senator Coons is an original co-sponsor of the Justice in Policing Act led by Senators Cory Booker (D-N.J.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.).

Full audio and video available here. A transcript is provided below.

Q: And joining me now is Delaware Democratic Senator Chris Coons. So, Senator, let's start with where we with just left off with Jake: Police reform. What is your sense of where things are headed?

Sen. Coons: Well, in the month since George Floyd was brutally murdered by a Minneapolis police officer, as you know, millions of Americans and folks around the world, have taken to the streets in protests, urging broad and decisive action to reform policing in America and to take other steps to address racial inequality. The bill that's been introduced, that I understand Majority Leader McConnell may well bring to the floor, doesn't meet this moment. I respect Senator Scott, the ways in which he has spoken on the floor about his experience of being African-American in modern America, but this bill, although it is a good start, does not go far enough by a long shot. There are some significant weaknesses, in terms of accountability, in terms of mandating simple and basic changes like ending no-knock warrants and really ending choke holds. And then there's other changes in terms of accountability and strengthening the hand of the U.S. Department of Justice that are essential to even a basic attempt at meeting this moment. That's why I'm a cosponsor of the Justice in Policing Act that Senators Booker and Harris have led here in the Senate and that I believe the House will take up and pass this week. So, to the point your panel was just making, President Trump's rally in Tulsa showed some of his underlying weakness. He isn't able to wish away the coronavirus, the COVID-19 pandemic. He isn't able to persuade even his most loyal supporters to come out and to engage in this sort of rally that he was hoping would kickstart his campaign. And if he doesn't take a firm and clear position in favor of robust policing reform, I don't see how we'll get anything real done here in the Senate before the next election. 

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