The latest talks about federal police reform in Congress have gone exactly nowhere. U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) and U.S. Representative Karen Bass (D-CA) had led the effort to, among other things, eliminate qualified immunity for police. But the federal reform measures hit a roadblock with U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC). Talks collapsed last month, and no new bill is in sight. That’s not a surprise, and not really a disaster, say two criminologists from Georgia State University, who say police reform is more likely to come from local government.
Natasha Johnson is a clinical instructor and the Director of the Criminal Justice and Criminology program at the Andrew Young School of Public Policy. Also joining us is Thaddeus Johnson, an assistant professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology.