Someone is trying to resurrect Kamala Harris’s chances for being picked as Joe Biden Vice President ….
With all the protests against cops, police brutality and law enforcement in general?
Amy Klobuchar’s name was seen as off the list for possibles…
The idea that Biden might pick a back woman with things going on in the streets was made strong as ever…
The two top choices have the SAME issue as Klobuchar….
Harris has on her watch had more min orates put in jail than. Klobuchar ever could in California….
Rep. Val Demings was the police chief of Orlando , Florida….
Klobuchar, the US Senator from Minnesota, WAS at the George Floyd Memorial Service this week….
Some might ask…..Do we have a reverse discrimination thing going on here?
A draft of sweeping legislation by Harris and Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) would ban chokeholds, limit “qualified immunity” for police officers, create a national misconduct registry and end uses of no-knock warrants in drug cases.
Harris faced intense scrutiny during the campaign not only over specific aspects of her record, but her motivations for becoming a prosecutor. Allies saw a double standard — with some pointing to Sen. Amy Klobuchar, whose career desires and record as a prosecutor didn’t receive much public vetting until fairly late in the campaign.
Harris, whose parents were active in the civil rights movement, was constantly asked to justify how she could choose to be part of a system she knew was discriminatory. Harris likened it to “going up the rough side of the mountain.” And, in the waning days of her campaign, she confided to a group of black women leaders that the pointed memes — “Kamala is a Cop” — “breaks my heart.”
“Today people talk about progressive prosecutors and the evolution of criminal justice reform and I think people have to remember that the senator was one of very few people of color leading prosecutor’s offices and very, very, very few women of color leading prosecutor’s offices when she first assumed office,” said Kim Foxx, the Cook County (Ill.) state’s attorney and part of a new generation of progressive elected attorneys. “Things we take for granted now are things she was trying to pioneer back then.”
Portraying herself as a longtime reformer, Harris cited her early reentry program that provided job training and counseling to former offenders — before “reentry” became common in the field. Later, as attorney general, she collected and published data on police shootings and in-custody deaths, and was early to mandate officer-worn body cameras.
But from the first days of the campaign, she was besieged by questions about how she reconciles the past with her claims of being a “progressive” prosecutor. That term in recent years has come to describe local and state attorneys who are breaking with precedent to reject cash bail, decline to pursue certain drug charges and heavily scrutinize police officer conduct.
As attorney general, Harris opposed legalizing marijuana and stayed out of controversial statewide ballot initiatives aimed at lowering nonviolent offenses from felonies to misdemeanors and giving certain nonviolent felons a chance at early parole. She did not back state legislation requiring independent investigations of officer-involved killings or a bill to mandate police officers wear body cameras. And as district attorney years before, she supported raising cash bail.
DeRay Mckesson, the activist, podcaster and co-founder of the police reform group Campaign Zero, met with Harris during her presidential run. In public, he said, Harris was unable to explain her past criminal justice positions in the way she was able to articulate them in person. He pointed to her long-standing refusal until last spring to support independent investigations into police shootings and cases of alleged brutality by law enforcement officials.
Early in her career, Harris refused to seek the death penalty for a member of a gang who shot and killed a San Francisco police officer, prompting calls for the case to be taken from her. She reasoned that getting rid of prosecutorial discretion would threaten district attorneys like herself.
“We went in the room prepared and engaged, and she was engaged and prepared and she pushed, and we pushed, and she was able to explain everything in a way that made sense even if you didn’t agree with it fully,” Mckesson said.
“She’s clearly an expert on criminal justice,” he added. “The question is does she have big ideas to be able to undo some of the things we all know are creating harm in communities?”
Harris’ transformation began in earnest when she left law enforcement in 2016….
image…Kamala Harris, Val Demmings and Amy Klobucher have been considered as strong candidates for Biden running mate race in the upcoming elections in the U.S. Wikipedia