"Faith and labor leaders on Friday urged lawmakers to continue the policing reform work begun this week in the Senate, as the wait continues for a House bill that, if approved, would need to be reconciled quickly with a sweeping Senate proposal.
As reverends and union representatives gathered outside the Statehouse, the House on Friday at 11 a.m. closed its window for public testimony on the Senate plan (S 2820), after announcing Wednesday night that it was inviting anyone to submit feedback by email.
“To our representatives who have received undue pressure to succumb to mediocrity, to lay down and allow the status quo to exist, who are wavering, struggling about what to do, our message is courage,” Harvard University’s Muslim Chaplain Shaykh Khalil Abdur-Rashid said. “If you do not have courage now, when will you have courage? Our message is character. If you do not have character now, when will you have character?”
Formal legislative sessions are scheduled to end for the year in two weeks so a House plan is expected any day now, although top Democrats have not announced any definitive plans."
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