Congressional bipartisan police reform talks sparked by George Floyd’s death collapse without a deal

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., a key player in the negotiations, said a deal “remains out of reach right now” despite working with law enforcement groups. When speaking with reporters, he said he told Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., the lead Republican negotiator, of his decision. 

“We made it clear from the beginning of our negotiations that a bill must ensure true accountability, transparency, and the policing standards necessary to bring an end to horrific incidents of violence Americans are routinely seeing — like the murder of George Floyd,” Booker said in a statement. “Unfortunately, even with this law enforcement support and further compromises we offered, there was still too wide a gulf with our negotiating partners and we faced significant obstacles to securing a bipartisan deal.”

President Biden expressed disappointment Wednesday while accusing Republicans of failing to compromise. 

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Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., arrives at the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday after bipartisan congressional talks on overhauling policing practices ended without an agreement. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., arrives at the Senate chamber at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday after bipartisan congressional talks on overhauling policing practices ended without an agreement. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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