(PartiallyPolitics.com) Rep. James Clyburn (S.C.), the fourth-ranking Democrat in the House, is pushing for the Democratic party to compromise instead of trying to have “the perfect piece of legislation” on policing.
In an interview with Washington Post’s The Early 202, Clyburn said that there is no such thing as perfect legislation and that he was uncertain whether continuously pushing for the perfect legislation instead of trying to get good legislation through was the right move.
Clyburn pointed out all of the civil rights legislation that was passed in the 1960s and 1970s as examples of this. As he said when the Civil Rights Act of 1964, was passed there were a lot of different aspects that were not included such as voting rights protections, housing or it applied to the public sector.
However, the law was then followed by three subsequent laws, the Voting Rights Act in 1965, the Fair Housing Act in 1968, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Act in 1972, which allowed them to continue making progress. As Clyburn notes while they might not have gotten everything done at once, this type of moving forward can be key to helping get certain things done.
Following the beating and death of Tyre Nichols by five Memphis police officers there has been a renewed push for police reforms. Nichols was fatally beaten by police officers during a traffic stop. The officers had used pepper spray, and tasers and had beaten Nichols who then ended up hospitalized before dying from his injuries.
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