Time for ‘national conversation’ on policing, says Durbin
This legislation is stalled. One of the factors has been a debate over whether to retain “qualified immunity” for police officers.
“I think,” Durbin said of Booker, “he and Senator Scott should sit down quickly to see if we can get this effort going again.”
Nichols died Jan. 10, three days after being repeatedly beaten after a police check by five Memphis officers, who have since been fired and charged in his death.
As for his own reaction to the footage of Nichols’ beating, Durbin said he was appalled.
“It was horrible. Inhumane. My heart goes out to the Tire Nichols family for thinking their son went through this,” he said, later adding, “What we saw on the streets of Memphis was everything. simply inhuman and horrible.
First term representative summer lee (D-Pa.) said she found Nichols’ death horrific but not surprising, saying it was not the first time the nation has seen an African-American mother cry in response to the death of her child. .
“There are so many black cities across the country that have relived this,” she said on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “But it’s painful every time and it never gets easier.”