President Joe Biden will welcome George Floyd’s family to the White House on Tuesday to mark the first anniversary of the murder of a black security guard at the hands of cops.
The news was confirmed by a White House official on Saturday, although they did not reveal which family members would be traveling to Washington, DC for the event.
Floyd died on May 25 of last year after being arrested by Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin for using a counterfeit bill. Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes, during which time Floyd passed out.
Last month, Chauvin was convicted of unintentional second degree murder, third degree murder and second degree manslaughter. He faces up to 40 years in prison.
President Joe Biden will welcome George Floyd’s family to the White House next Friday to mark a year since the unarmed black man died at the hands of police. He is pictured meeting Floyd’s six-year-old daughter Gianna (center right) last June in Houston.
Joe Biden met George Floyd’s family in Houston last June: Left to right: Congressman Cedric Richmond, Reverend Al Sharpton, Joe Biden, lawyer Ben Crump and Roger Floyd, George Floyd’s uncle
Floyd died on May 28 of last year after being arrested by Minneapolis policeman Derek Chauvin for using a counterfeit bill. Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes, during which time Floyd lost consciousness
Biden – who has met members of the Floyd family before – praised the jury’s verdict last month.
He spoke on the phone with some of Floyd’s relatives after the verdict, saying, “You are an amazing family. I wish I had been there – just [to] put my arms around you ”.
He added, “We watched every second of it, and the vice president, all of us. We were all so relieved, not just one verdict, but all three.
“Nothing is going to improve things. But at least, my God, there is now a little justice.
Biden met Floyd’s uncle, Roger, and Floyd’s young daughter, Gianna, on a trip to Houston last June.
“It’s an amazing family, his little girl was there, the one who said ‘daddy is going to change the world’, and I think her daddy is going to change the world, ” he said after the reunion.
“I think what happened here is one of the big inflection points in American history, for real, in terms of civil liberties, civil rights and just treating people with dignity.
He also appeared by videoconference at Floyd’s funeral and vowed that the security officer’s death would not be in vain.
Biden’s plans to welcome Floyd’s family come in, however, as talks focused on the police reform bill named after Floyd – the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act – stagnated at Capitol Hill. Biden previously set the anniversary of Floyd’s death as the deadline for passing the bill and left much of the negotiations to Capitol Hill lawmakers, but the legislation has changed little in recent weeks.
Psaki said on Friday that the White House was “in close contact” with negotiators and “they still feel that progress is being made”, but they acknowledged that it was “unlikely” that they will adopt a project. law before Biden’s deadline.
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act would prohibit strangling of federal agents and end qualified law enforcement immunity from civil suits, as well as create national standards for policing in an effort to strengthen the responsibility.
Biden is pictured outside the White House on Saturday morning