Floyd family: 'An honor' to meet with President Biden on anniversary

Ruben Hill
May 26, 2021

President Joe Biden praised the bravery of George Floyd's family after a private White House meeting.

Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris gathered with the Floyd family for about an hour Tuesday afternoon.

In a statement Mr Biden said the U.S. faced an inflection point.

Earlier in the day, Floyd's family, including his daughter, Gianna and two other brothers, met on Capitol Hill with House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, and other lawmakers who promised to secure passage of the legislation, now stalled in Congress.

Floyd died on May 25, 2020, after police officer Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than nine minutes while arresting him.

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The press secretary would not say whether the President would sign legislation that includes a compromise proposed by GOP Sen. "Like millions around the world, National Basketball Association players, coaches, governors, officials and staff throughout our organization were outraged to see the horrifying and unlawful actions of the officer who pinned Mr. Floyd's neck to the ground under his knee for nine minutes".

In the wake of the verdict, Biden sought to build on political momentum by urging Congress to pass a far-reaching police reform bill in time for the first anniversary.

It comes as the U.S. president missed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act deadline, which he originally set for 25 May.

Floyd family lawyer Ben Crump said Biden told them that "he doesn't want to sign a bill that doesn't have substance and meaning".

"Today is the day that he set the world in a rage", Floyd's brother Philonise said, addressing reporters at the Capitol alongside family members, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other politicians. "It will be passed in a bipartisan manner".

George Floyd's death was "a day that certainly impacted him personally and impacted millions of Americans". People briefed on the process said that there was sufficient agreement on so many other reforms that there should be scope for a compromise. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters George Floyd's death was a "tragedy" and vowed to take more action in Canada to tackle racism, while vigils and demonstrations took place in cities across the United Kingdom, including Birmingham, Edinburgh, London, Manchester and Swansea. "She got hit by a auto", he said.Morris, who said he grew up with Andrew Brown Jr.in Elizabeth City and has been protesting since his death in April, said the incident would not deter protesters from continuing to take to the streets.He added that although no charges had been filed against the officers who shot and killed Brown-the Federal Bureau of Investigation was still conducting a civil rights probe into the case-protesters weren't even close to finished. Police said a man, who they believe was injured in the shooting, later went to a nearby hospital with a gunshot wound.

The police reform bill would ban potentially fatal restraint techniques used on suspects, like chokeholds, and end so-called "no-knock warrants" that authorize police to burst into a suspect's house unannounced.

The most far-reaching of the measures would be to end current legal protections that block civil lawsuits against police accused of misconduct.

When the ambulance arrived, Mr Floyd was motionless.

Confirming that there is hope for the bill, Bass, Democratic Senator Cory Booker and Republican Senator Tim Scott issued a joint statement on Monday citing "progress".

"This anniversary serves as a painful reminder of why we must make meaningful change". "I wish I was negotiating with them", he said, though he also repeated the line of the day that progress was being made.

After meeting Biden, the Floyd family will hold talks Booker and Scott and pay a visit to "Black Lives Matter Plaza" near the White House.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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