The governor signed a police accountability bill into law after nearly two months of demonstrations against racism and police brutality.
The unchecked use of excessive force against Alabama prisoners violates their rights under the Constitution's Eighth Amendment, the Justice Department finds.
It's one way that bad police officers avoid repercussions.
But without action in the Senate, it's unlikely to become law anytime soon.
Democrats blocked a bill authored by Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) that they viewed as insufficient to bring real accountability to police departments nationwide.
“This bill is not salvageable," Sens. Chuck Schumer, Cory Booker and Kamala Harris wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Rep. Cedric Richmond called out Rep. Matt Gaetz when he attempted to steer the conversation away from police reform and the Black experience.
A decadeslong movement to take money from police budgets and reinvest it into communities has seen its ideas propelled into the mainstream.
The two congressmen got heated as they debated a police reform bill.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) did not say whether his party would filibuster the bill offered by Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.).