George Floyd family meet Joe Biden on anniversary of death
May 26 2021
Floyd's family visited Washington on Tuesday to mourn with US President Joe Biden and prod Congress to act as they commemorate the loss of their brother, father and son one year ago.
"If you can make federal laws to protect the (national) bird, which is the bald eagle, you can make federal laws to protect people of color", Floyd's brother, Philonise, said on the White House driveway he after five other members of the family met with Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris in the Oval Office.
White House advisers say Biden and his team have been in frequent touch with Capitol Hill negotiators over the legislation, but they believe this is an issue in which a high-profile public campaign by the president may do more harm than good.
Ahead of the meeting with Mr Biden, Mr Floyd's relatives and their lawyer spoke to top lawmakers hoping for progress on delayed legislation named after Mr Floyd, who suffocated under the knee of Minneapolis officer Derek Chauvin.
Daily demonstrations - including Monday's incident, also on the eve of the one-year anniversary of the policing killing of George Floyd - have continued in the wake of the killing of Mr Brown, who was fatally shot by Pasquotank County sheriff's deputies on 21 April. He also spent time playing with Gianna Floyd.
"Indeed that change is coming true", Ms Pelosi said.
"The courage and grace of his family, and especially his daughter Gianna, has really stuck with the president", White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, adding that the president was "eager to listen to their perspectives".
Floyd died on May 25, 2020, after police officer Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than nine minutes while arresting him.
Mr Floyd's dying breaths were seen by millions, sparking demonstrations about police violence and racial justice across the world - including peaceful protests here in Derbyshire.
"He genuinely wanted to know exactly how we were doing", Mr. Williams said.
After the family met with Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Karen Bass in the morning, Pelosi told reporters, "They were lovely, they're optimistic, they're positive, but they're determined that we will get something done". "It will be passed in a bipartisan manner". Family members chanted in return: "George Floyd".
The Act seeks to reform what critics say have become ever more violent and unaccountable police forces around the country.
As if to highlight the staggering number of United States shootings, multiple gunshots rang out Tuesday near the site in Minneapolis where people were marking the anniversary of Floyd's killing.
Shortly afterwards, a patient arrived at hospital suffering from a gunshot wound, a police spokesman said. Floyd had been suspected of using a counterfeit $20 bill to buy cigarettes.
The most far-reaching of the measures that senators are still debating would be to end current legal protections that block civil lawsuits against police accused of misconduct. The Floyds met late in the day with Democrat Cory Booker of New Jersey and Republican Tim Scott of SC, the Senate's lead negotiators on the bill.
"This anniversary serves as a painful reminder of why we must make meaningful change". "She got hit by a vehicle", 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.