White House Press Secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, has flagged some “non-starters” in the Democrats proposed “Justice in Policing Act” as they attempt to pass legislation aimed at overhauling the police system.
McEnany told reporters at Mondays White House press briefing that although the president has not formally reviewed the new package, there are issues that President Donald Trump will never agree to sign off on, including defunding the police and getting rid of qualified immunity for police officers.
The proposed legislation seeks to make changes to qualified immunity but makes no direct mention of defunding police departments (pdf). However, there has been a lot of talk among state and local officials about defunding police in their respective states.
“Lets be clear. The mayor of LA wants to defund police, take money away from police. Mayor de Blasio, the mayor of New York, wants to take money away from police. That means cutting off police, it means reducing police departments, that means defunding police departments, if not getting rid of them entirely.
“No, he does not agree with that, and the rest of America does not agree with that,” McEnany said.
“The president is appalled by the defund the police movement. The fact that you have sitting Congresswoman wanting to defund the police, notably Rashida Tliab, notably Biden advisor AOC, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a former Clinton and Eric Holder spokesperson Brian Fallon wanting to defund our police across this country … it is extraordinary,” she added.
“This is rolling back the protective layers that protect Americans in their homes and in their places of business. Hes appalled by it and its remarkable to hear this coming from todays Democrat Party,” she continued.
The Democrat-majority House of Representatives is expected to spend much of June working on, debating, and marking-up the new measure.
Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, Karen Bass, said shes hopeful a package will get bipartisan support.
“As for solutions, hes talking through a number of proposals. No announcements on that, but he definitely, as hes noted, recognizes the horrid injustice done to George Floyd, and is taking a look at various proposals,” said McEnany about the Presidents potential actions for racial justice.
The Democrats Justice in Policing Act seeks to ban police from using chokeholds, create a national registry to track police misconduct, lower legal requirements to pursue criminal and civil penalties for police misconduct, and ban certain “no-knock” warrants.
Trump held a round-table with law enforcement officials on Monday during which he said that police are doing a “fantastic” job.
“Theres a reason for less crime, its because we have great law enforcement. Im very proud of them,” he added.
The press secretary said Attorney General William Barr recently confirmed qualified immunity would not be eliminated. “I dont think we need to reduce immunity to go after the bad cops because that would result certainly in police pulling back, which is not advisable,” he said.
The press secretary reiterated that the presidents key strategy for combating racial inequities of all types is through job creation.