But hope goes only so far, and the feverish desire among Democratic activists to honor Floyd’s life by passing federal legislation that would hold police accountable for brutality and misconduct is colliding with the realities of a polarized capital. While many Americans — including some Republicans — may approve of the verdict in the Chauvin case, Republicans and Democrats are still struggling to reconcile perspectives on how to make rogue officers accountable for their conduct, creating serious challenges for the proposed legislation.

There is also a broader threat hanging over the compromise efforts: the bitter political forces rocking the country in the wake of Donald Trump’s presidency, which could crush the already limited space for bipartisan action. Republicans eying the midterm elections — and, in some cases, future presidential primary races — have a strong incentive to appeal to grassroots voters by adopting a…

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