(TheRedWire.com) – Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) has said that both Sens. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) “don’t give a darn” about police reform, as the new push for legislative action has been brought on by the beating and death of Tyre Nichols by five Memphis police officers.
Sinema and Manchin have both been defenders of the Senate filibuster, which Republicans have used extensively in the past couple of years as they try to block items on the Democratic agenda, including changes to voting rights, abortion rights, and criminal justice reform.
While speaking on MSNBC’s “Symone,” Waters told host Symone Sanders that she was angry about the newest incident of the death of a young black man at the hands of the police. She added that all this time they have been trying to do everything possible, but it does not appear that this issue is one that many members pay attention to. She specifically said about Manchin and Sinema that they care more about using their votes to elevate themselves than to bring actual reforms or caring about what happens in the Senate.
Waters continued by saying that the only way for this to change is by having people protest and show elected officials that these are key issues to be addressed.
Manchin and Sinema have both called for bipartisan solutions to police reform, but the Republicans are not interested in supporting the reforms suggested by the Democrats. The bill proposed, which was named after George Floyd, would ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants for all federal law enforcement agencies and would create a national registry that would account for all police abusers making prosecution easier.
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