The charges against former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin have been upgraded to second-degree murder for the death of George Floyd, but Democrat Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) has a warning for those who are already celebrating.
Harris, a former Democratic presidential candidate, announced Monday that getting a conviction on those charges is not going to be easy.
As a former prosecutor, Harris has some experience in how difficult it is to get a guilty verdict against law enforcement officers, even when the public views it as an open and shut case.
“It will not be easy to get a conviction,” Harris stated during an appearance on ABC’s The View.”
“It is still the case that jurors are inclined to trust — because that’s part of the social contract — to trust police officers and that has been part of the difficulty that so many prosecutors have had when they brought these cases,” she said.
“But there’s no denying that this, this officer and those who were his accomplices should pay attention real consequence and accountability for what they’ve done,” Harris added.
According to a Fox News report, the White House is looking at proposals that prioritize implementing “protections for communities, but not tying the hands of the police.”
Meanwhile, Democrats are looking at reform legislation to outlaw certain measures, such as the chokehold, and improve overall training, vetting, and review processes for police departments around the country.
Harris is one such Democrat and she is playing it safe by selling it as reform to benefit all Americans, “not just black Americans.” Watch below:
Sen. @KamalaHarris discusses the sweeping police reform legislation unveiled by Senate Democrats: “This is in the best interest of all Americans. Not just black Americans, not just people of color, of all Americans.” https://t.co/mjKRxEI2Yb pic.twitter.com/YtmCyKpNMz
— The View (@TheView) June 8, 2020
Sen. Harris is considered by some to be a top pick as Joe Biden’s running mate, so it is not too surprising to see her promote reform rather than embrace activists’ calls to “defund the police.”
Even though President Trump has been trying to bait Biden into committing to “defunding the police,” a campaign spokesperson said this week that Biden “does not believe that police should be defunded.” However, Biden has said he would expect police reforms to be put in place within his first 100 days as president if elected.