Ben Carson, the secretary of Housing and Urban Development, said Sunday the time was “probably” right to take a closer look at police reforms following the nationwide protests that erupted over the death of George Floyd.
“We need to look at appropriate reforms and this is probably a good time to shine the spotlight on it and get it done,” Carson said. said on “Fox News Sunday.” “I think one of the things the president has made very clear. This is an issue, it will be looked at, it will be dealt with. “
But he says whether the president would support proposals by House Democrats to ban chokeholds, limit immunity for police officers and create a national misconduct database.
“I expect the president and the administration to engage appropriate stakeholders and to look at everything,” Carson said. “Obviously we don’t want to create a situation where the police are under the microscope and they don’t want to do their jobs because they’re afraid.”
“When people make decisions based on anger or emotion, seldom are they good decisions,” he added.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has tasked Sen. Tim Scott, the only black GOP senator, to act as a point on a package of criminal justice reforms in the chamber.
But Scott, of South Carolina, said limiting qualified immunity for officers that would subject them to legal and civil action is a non-starter.
“From the Republican perspective, and the president sent a signal that immunity was off the table. They see that as a poison pill on our side, ”he said on CBS News’ “Face the Nation.” “We can use the decertification of officers, except for law enforcement unions to say a poison pill.”