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Income inequality affects people's ability to defend themselves and get proper legal representation during criminal trials, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) said during an Axios event on Tuesday.

Why it matters: Bass is the lead House negotiator in talks over the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which passed the House in March but has stalled in the Senate due to Republican opposition to certain provisions, including curbing qualified immunity for police officers.

What they're saying: "If we look at our criminal justice system, income inequality is key in terms of sentences and how people are able to avoid incarceration," Bass said.

  • "I would say there are disparities from the beginning, the middle and the end that continue," she added. "I am excited that finally our nation is raising the questions, both nationally, state and local — looking at the criminal justice system."

The big picture: Bass said she believes the criminal justice system will require more reform legislation that goes beyond the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.

  • Bass was also set to meet with Floyd's family in D.C. on Tuesday, which also marked the one-year anniversary of Floyd's murder in Minneapolis.
  • "The minute the President Biden signs the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act, so much more is going to need to be done because we really need to look at policing in the United States," she said.
  • "We need to say in the year 2021 has policing kept up with modern technology, scientific thinking and understanding of behavior. We need to modernize policing in the United States. The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is the first step in that direction."

Watch the full event here.

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11 arrested over online racist abuse of England soccer players

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11 people have been arrested in connection with online racial abuse towards England soccer players after their loss in the final of the European Championship last month, AP reports.

Driving the news: The U.K. Football Policing Unit requested data from social media companies to investigate the online abuse and passed on information to police, which made the arrests, per AP.

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Nuclear physicists trying to piece together how atoms are built are about to get a powerful new tool.

Why it matters: When the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams begins experiments later this spring, physicists from around the world will use the particle accelerator to better understand the inner workings of atoms that make up all the matter that can be seen in the universe.

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