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Pelosi: Republicans ‘Trying To Get Away With Murder’ With Policing Bill

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During an interview with CBS Radio on Tuesday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Republicans of “trying to get away with murder” with their policing legislation for refusing to implement a federal ban on chokeholds.

“We’re saying no chokeholds,” Pelosi said during an interview with CBS Radio. “They’re not saying no chokeholds. I mean, there’s a big difference there. What’s the compromise? Some chokeholds? I don’t see what the compromise is.”

“For something to happen, they’re going to have to face the reality of police brutality, the reality of the need for justice in policing, and the recognition that there are many, many good people in law enforcement, but not all and that we have to address those concerns,” she added. “So far they’re trying to get away with murder, actually. The murder of George Floyd.”

Pelosi’s comments come as Senate Democrats signaled they will soon block debate on the measure over Republicans’ refusal to implement a robust policing reform. Democrats have asked for bipartisan negotiations ahead of a floor vote.

Listen to Pelosi’s interview below. Pelosi’s charge against Republicans comes at the 2:35 mark:

Following Pelosi’s comments, the National Republican Campaign Committee condemned the remarks and asked for an apology.

“Nancy Pelosi needs to immediately apologize to Republicans for her deplorable accusations,” said NRCC Spokesman Michael McAdams in a statement, according to CNN.

There are deep disagreements between the Republican and Democratic proposals. Scott’s bill does not include a federal ban on chokeholds. His bill would also leave qualified immunity for police officers intact, as opposed to the overhaul Democrats are pushing.

House members are set to pass the Democratic bill on Thursday. Mitch McConnell has already shot down the House’s plan, saying it will not advance in the Senate.