George Floyd Family Urges Police Reform On Anniversary Of Murder

George Floyd's family lobbies Biden for U.S. police reform on anniversary of death

After meeting with President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris on Tuesday for over an hour in a private Oval Office session, the family members of George Floyd said the president was still committed to passing a police reform bill, even as he missed his own self-imposed deadline of getting it signed on the one-year anniversary of Mr. Floyd's death.

She also would not put a new timeline on when the President expects to sign a police reform bill into law, but said Biden wants to sign the bill into law "as soon as possible". A man set out paint ready to create a fresh mural in the square, which has been closed to most vehicle traffic for a year and is filled with flowers and art commemorating Floyd and other Black victims of police violence.

If the United States can pass federal laws to protect bald eagles, "you can make federal laws to protect people of color", he said.

"I was pleasantly surprised and encouraged by their thoughts", Scott said of the family.

With the proposed George Floyd Justice in Policing Act still pending, his family began the day meeting with legislators and headed back to Capitol Hill later from the White House. The legislation was strongly opposed by Republicans, who favored a less sweeping series of changes.

Confirming that there is still hope for the bill, Bass, Democratic Senator Cory Booker and Republican Senator Tim Scott issued a joint statement on Monday citing "progress". "I think it is moving slowly but we are making progress". And on the deadline, Williams said Biden is "not happy about it not being met, but all in all, he just wants the bill to be right and meaningful and that it holds George's legacy intact".

George Floyd was killed on May 25 previous year.

The money comes from $500,000 earmarked as part of the city's $27 million civil settlement for the Floyd family earlier this year. In the past few weeks, the department has announced sweeping investigations into the police in Minneapolis and Louisville and brought federal civil rights charges against the officers involved in Floyd's death, including Chauvin. He's had multiple conversations with them before the verdict, after the verdict.

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Chauvin, who is white, was convicted last month of murder and faces sentencing June 25.

An effort to find a bipartisan compromise in the Senate remains underway.

Biden took time during the meeting to play with George Floyd's young daughter Gianna, who enjoyed some ice cream and Cheetos, the president said, after she told him she was hungry. He said O'Quinn told him to move after almost hitting him, but said he only got out of the way when an Elizabeth City police officer asked him to do so.Witnesses said they had no doubt about why the collision took place."That's premeditated", Deshawn Morris told The Daily Beast.

"While it is disappointing that we have been unable to come up with an agreement on police reform, we will take as long as need be to get this legislation right", Minnesota Republican Rep. Pete Stauber, a former police officer, said in a statement.

"My sister called me at 12 o'clock last night and said 'This is the day our brother left us, '" he said, adding: "I think things have changed".

Despite the family's grief, their trip to D.C. included some warm moments. The president said in his own statement that "the Floyd family has shown extraordinary courage", and singled out Gianna in particular.

"We will get this bill on President Biden's desk", said Representative Karen Bass of California, a Democrat leading House negotiations, at an event with Floyd's family members in Washington.

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