U.S. Senate Closes in on Bipartisan Police Reform Deal

bipartisan deal for police reform is close to done among key negotiators on Capitol Hill, according to those familiar with the
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A bipartisan deal for police reform is close to done among key negotiators on Capitol Hill, according to those familiar with the discussions.

But the politics of police reform have shifted from a year ago, and violent crime has surpassed racial justice as a top concern for many voters. That has created negative incentives for Republican lawmakers who supported a reform package last year but now don’t want to be tagged as soft on crime.

Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., has said he wants a deal on police reform by the end of June. Scott, the only Black Republican in the Senate, is confident he can bring at least 10 of his GOP colleagues along with him to support a bill and break a potential filibuster.

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