KEY POINTS

  • Ivanka Trump lauded the reintroduction of Walter Scott Act, a "new solution" to racism
  • The Walter Scott Act would force states to report on officer-related shooting and would potentially provide the data needed for further legislations
  • In a tweet, Trump stated people wanted justice to heal

Senior White House adviser Ivanka Trump thanked the United States senators for the reintroduction of Walter Scott Notification Act, which would force states to report on officer-involved shootings.

Trump, in her tweet Wednesday night, implied there will be more bills that would provide long-term solutions to racism and would ensure people of all races can fulfill their “American Dream.”

Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) first submitted the proposed legislation in 2015 following the death of Walter Scott, an African-American who was fatally shot by a white police officer in North Charleston, South Carolina.

Sen. Scott, the only Republican African-American in the Senate, resubmitted the Act Wednesday. Senators Charles Ernest Grassley, Joni Ernst and James Lankford joined his bid.

“The fact is, without proper data in regards to officer-related shootings, we cannot find lasting solutions in this area,” Sen. Scott said.

The data gathered through the Act would describe the event and circumstances that led to the shooting.

In an earlier tweet, Trump had stated people wanted justice to heal. The outcry for justice following the death of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25 was ongoing in several states, with also protests happening in areas where African-Americans had been killed by white shooters.

However, violence marred the protests. Clashes between protesters and authorities, and indiscriminate attacks of mostly business establishments were occuring across many protest sites. In Minneapolis and St. Louis, Missouri, riots have broken out, with groups destroying and looting establishments. Protesters have pleaded with the violence instigators to stop.

In an incident Monday, David Dorn, a retired police officer who responded to an alarm from a pawnshop, was fatally shot. On May 29, Dave Patrick Underwood, a police officer in Oakwood, California, was also shot and killed during a protest. The deaths of these two African-American policemen underline the violence that overshadowed the calls for justice and equality for black Americans.

Sen. Scott called for an end to violent acts and supported peaceful protests in an interview with Fox News on Tuesday. He also said the historical narrative of the African-Americans should be brought into the conversation to address the issue.

Ivanka Trump During her stay in South Korea, Ivanka will attend some of the Olympic events. In this photo, Ivanka speaks next to her father President Donald Trump, following a tour of the H&K Equipment Company in Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, Jan. 18, 2018. Photo: Getty Images/ MANDEL NGAN