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Congressional Negotiations on Police Reform Collapse

Among the issues that lawmakers were discussing were changes to "qualified immunity" that protects police officers from some lawsuits.

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Politico Reports Changes to Qualified Immunity May be Removed from Congress' Police Reform Bills

It is unclear if a police reform proposal without changes to qualified immunity could pass the House, where progressive Democrats like Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.), a former Black Lives Matter activist, have called the removal of qualified immunity a redline.

Senate Votes to Award Medals to Agencies that Responded to Capitol Riot

Under the bill, which passed by voice vote with no objections, there will be four medals – to be displayed at the Capitol Police headquarters, the Metropolitan Police Department, the U.S. Capitol and the Smithsonian Institution.

Congressional Hearings on Jan. 6 Riots Begin with Testimony from Officers

The four police officers on the stand described fearing for their lives as they were overwhelmed by the sheer size of the mob — and how many of them are still suffering from physical and emotional trauma more than six months later.

Floyd Family Meets with Biden, Harris and Legislators

After meeting with Pelosi and Bass, Floyd's relatives traveled to the White House for a more than hour-long meeting with President Biden and Vice President Harris. Afterward, Floyd's family members said the president is eager to sign the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, and urged Congress to pass the bill.

Democratic Leaders in Congress Pushing for End of Qualified Immunity

Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) and former Rep. Justin Amash, a Libertarian from Michigan, first introduced the legislation last year in the wake of anti-police protests and riots following the in-custody death of George Floyd.

Senate Democrats Torpedo GOP's Police Reform Bill

On one major point of dissension between the parties, the Republican bill leaves intact the “qualified immunity” standard that Democrats want to erode, to make it easier for law enforcement officials to be sued for misconduct.

House Committee Passes Bill Extending Benefits for 9/11 First Responders

Following Tuesday's emotional testimony by cancer-stricken 9/11 first responders and comedian Jon Stewart, the House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed a bill Wednesday to extend funding for the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund.

Video: Comedian Jon Stewart Blasts Congress Over Treatment of Sick and Dying 9/11 Heroes

One of the 9/11 first responders who attended the hearing was retired NYPD Det. Luis Alvarez. The cancer-stricken bomb tech told the representatives that he would be returning to New York after the hearing for his 69th round of chemotherapy. "I should not be here with you, but you made me come," he said.

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Hypocrisy in Congress

Many who believe the anti-Trump bias of an FBI agent didn't affect his investigation also believe every officer is biased against minorities.

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