Members of George Floyd’s family met with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House on May 25 to commemorate the first anniversary of George’s murder.
“To meet with the president and vice president, and for them to show their concern for our family and to give an ear to our concerns and how we feel in this situation. It was a very productive conversation, and we thank everyone for the love,” Terrence Floyd, one of George’s brothers, said at a press conference, describing the meeting as “an honor.”
The meeting comes as the police reform bill named after George Floyd failed to reach the initial deadline that Biden set. The bill remains stalled in the Senate.
Floyd’s family called for the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which would ban racial and religious profiling, chokeholds, and “no-knock” warrants, to be passed.
“If you can make federal laws to protect the bird, which is the bald eagle, you can make federal laws to protect people of color,” Philonese Floyd, another brother of George, told reporters.
In a statement, Harris called on Congress to “move swiftly and act with a sense of urgency” to pass the legislation that “will not bring back those lives lost, but it will represent much needed progress.”
Biden also called on Congress to get the bill “to my desk quickly.”
Although, Floyd’s family attorney Ben Crump told reporters that Biden said he would also be patient “to make sure it’s the right bill, not a rushed bill.”
Floyd’s family also met with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Representative Karen Bass, the lead negotiator on the bill working with Senator Cory Booker and Senator Tim Scott, whom Floyd’s family also planned to meet.
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