Senate GOP readies policing bill after Floyd death, protests

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republicans are compiling a package of policing changes after George Floyd’s death.

They would create a national database of use-of-force incidents, boost the use of police body cameras and include a long-stalled effort to make lynching a federal hate crime.

The emerging bill doesn’t go as far as a sweeping Democratic package unveiled this week, but the burst of political energy reflects how quickly the national conversation over police and racial injustice is upturning business as usual in Washington.

The GOP package includes several similar provisions to the Democratic bill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell indicated Thursday the legislation would be ready soon. It is expected next week.

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