Senate GOP unveils police reform proposal

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Senate Republicans unveiled a police reform proposal on Wednesday that aims to end the use of chokeholds and includes new accountability and reporting requirements.

The proposal, spearheaded by Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), will come to the Senate floor next week, where Republicans will try to formally bring it up for a debate.

The bill comes amid growing signs of urgency from within the Senate GOP caucus to respond to weeks of calls for reforms sparked by the death of George Floyd, who was killed while detained by Minneapolis police.

"We find ourselves at a place with a package that I think speaks to the families that I spoke with yesterday that lost loved ones, we hear you. I think this package speaks very clearly to the young person who is concerned when he's stopped by the law enforcement officers, we see you," said Scott, one of three African Americans in the Senate and the only Republican.