Democratic push to make it easier to prosecute officers emerges as sticking point in policing bill talks

(CNN) A sweeping bill to overhaul policing practices in the United States still faces an uncertain future -- in large part because the two sides remain at sharp odds over whether to make it easier to criminally prosecute officers.
"(Section 242) is off the table for me," Scott said, referring to the part of the law that Democrats are trying to amend.
"It is," Bass told CNN when asked whether lowering the standard is essential to cutting a final deal.
"Because the point is that we have got to hold police officers accountable.
Essentially now the standard that's used to prosecute an officer is so high.
The issue is different from another contentious subject in the talks: whether to overhaul so-called qualified immunity, which currently protects police officers from civil litigation.
"Yes, we are," Bass said when asked if they are still far from reaching a deal.
Booker said Thursday that the negotiators are having "really, really good discussions" but declined to get into the details.
"Chuck has given me wide latitude to do everything I can to get a bill done," Booker said.
To resolve the sticking point, Scott has proposed an alternative: llowing police departments to be brought to civil court, not officers themselves.
The idea has gotten some positive reception among influential Democrats, including Durbin and South Carolina Rep. Jim Clyburn.
But Scott later wouldn't detail why he was opposed to Democrats' push to make it easier to criminally prosecute officers.
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