This is REAL stupid…..
Training cops to be less aggressive in some situations is a smart idea….
The policy would help cops, civilans and the courts…
It is NOT being ‘soft on crime’..
The funding IS supported by members of both parties in the Senate….
The bill should be brought back for a simple majority vote in the House and passed….
Late Tuesday, the House defeated legislation aimed at promoting police deescalation training. The measure won a majority — 247-160-1 — but failed to gain the two-thirds margin needed for expedited passage under suspension of the rules.
Who voted against it? The bulk of Republicans joined three liberal Democrats — Reps. Cori Bush (Mo.), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (N.Y.) and Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) — in opposing the measure.
The bill’s history: Led by Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), the proposal has more than 20 Senate co-sponsors, including nine Republicans. It passed that chamber unanimously in August….
The legislation would create dedicated funding to train police officers in deescalation techniques, including how to handle people experiencing mental or other crises and alternatives to the use of force. Backers of the bill, which include the Fraternal Order of Police and American Psychological Association, argue it will help police responses in crisis situations.
House leaders can, of course, bring the measure to the floor again under a rule that would allow it to pass with a simple majority. The challenge there may be the chamber’s crowded calendar and whether there’s enough time in the dwindling days of the Democratic majority to get that done….