The Fourth Amendment
“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
In order to renew faith in law enforcement, Congress has taken on police reform legislation. Well, the House of Representatives did. The only interesting point of the Senate’s reform bill was the presentation. The Senators appeared in masks. The bill itself does nothing.
Chokeholds will not be illegal. They will not be recommended. The bill aims to politely suggest there are other ways to restrain a person. The use of chokeholds is at the discretion of the officer. What does that mean? In an actual confrontation, who decides if the officer used excessive force by employing a chokehold?
Under the Senate plan, the police will retain qualified immunity. Qualified immunity is supposed to hold a public official accountable and also protect them from liability in the performance of their duties. The police cannot violate a statute. Qualified immunity is a wide, and deep, grey area. It is very hard to interpret. 
No Knock Warrants
The police can bust into your house without a warrant if a judge gives permission. Do the same police have immunity if they execute the warrant on the wrong address? 
More funds will be given to law enforcement. Will the money go to training or pay raises? Will police forces be given more surplus military equipment? Will any funds be devote to alternative programs?
This Does Not Look Like Reform
This is not reform. This is a pat on the head. It will not ease the tension between the community, especially the black community, and the police. This bill sends a signal to the community that they really don’t care about citizens. It also sends a signal to law enforcement that nothing much will change.
Folks, @MSNBC lays out the difference between the Democratic police reform bill and what @SenatorTimScott just proposed. Can’t wait to hear what my #RolandMartinUnfiltered panel has to say about this today at 6 pm EST! #BringTheFunk pic.twitter.com/M4BW3LXMnO
— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) June 17, 2020