Sen. Tim Scott 'Hopeful' On Police Reform Efforts in Senate Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Sunday, 02 May 2021 12:43 PM
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., said Sunday he’s “hopeful” about police reform — and that he brings “equilibrium” to the fraught conversation.
In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Scott said he was asked to lead the issue for Senate Republicans because I personally understand the pain of being stopped 18 times driving while Black.”
“I have also seen the beauty of when officers go door to door with me on Christmas morning, delivering presents to kids in the most underserved communities,” he said. “I think I bring an equilibrium to the conversation.”
“One of the reasons I'm hopeful, in a way this time my friends on the left aren't looking for an issue,” he continued. “They're looking for a solution. And the things that I offered last year are more popular this year. That gives me reasons to be hopeful.”
Scott touted that for bills currently under discussion on police reform “through negotiations and conversations we're now closer on no-knock warrants.”
He also said there is growing agreement on “getting military equipment for the local police.”
“We have been able to bring …two bills very closely together,” he said of GOP and Democrat versions. “The goal isn't for Republicans or Democrats to win, but for our communities to feel safer.”
Scott also said he welcomed the agreement from President Joe Biden that America isn’t a racist country.
“Thank goodness that our president and vice president all come forward and said exactly what I've been saying for a long time, America is not a racist country,” he said.
“The question is: Is there a lingering effect, after a couple of centuries of racism and discrimination in this nation? The answer is absolutely. The question we should be debating and fighting over is: How do we resolve those issues going forward?”
According to Scott, the only Black GOP senator in Congress, expansion of “opportunity” for Blacks and Hispanics to “make sure we're fully equipped for the challenges of the future.”
“If we can level the education, we'll see human flourishing like we've never seen before,” he said. “If we focus our attention on health care, like for sickle cell anemia, we'll see unemployment rates hitting all-time lows for African-Americans, Hispanics,” he said.
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