In the aftermath of George Floyd's death in 2020, we saw all pandemic regulations tossed out the window so that liberal protests could be carried out in the streets. After that, Washington D.C. reformed their local police laws.
The reforms made it WAY harder for officers to do their job.
As a result, GOP lawmakers in Congress are doing what they can to rein in D.C.'s autonomy in order to bring them more in line with the rest of the country.
This effort is being led by a few people, one of them being Georgia Republican Representative Andrew Clyde. This isn't Clyde's first attempt to bring down Washington D.C.'s legislative autonomy, he's targeted the Home Rule Act repeatedly in the past.
"As the Metropolitan Police Department grapples with the District’s ongoing crime crisis amidst a historic staff shortage, the D.C. Council is determined to enact a deeply flawed bill that prevents officers from effectively protecting and serving Americans in Washington," Representative Clyde said.
"Alarmingly, this misguided law will inevitably jeopardize the MPD’s ongoing efforts to recruit and retain officers — worsening an already serious problem. Now that Congress has effectively used its constitutional authority to strike down the D.C. Council’s dangerous Revised Criminal Code Act, we must now move to swiftly block this anti-police measure to ensure our nation’s capital city is safe for all Americans."
Washington currently operates as an independent city government despite not having statehood. The catch is that all laws are subject to congressional approval before being enacted.
Clyde's new resolution will hopefully bring down these unfair Washington laws once and for all. Despite the resolution not even being introduced into the House of Representatives yet, it already has 15 co-sponsors.
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