According to family attorney Ben Crump
, President Joe Biden
will host George Floyd
's family on Tuesday to commemorate the one-year anniversary
of his murder by Minneapolis
The visit comes as negotiations on a bipartisan police reform
bill in Floyd's honor have been stalled, though the bill's chief architect, Rep. Karen Bass
(D-Calif.), expressed optimism this week that it would be passed.
BREAKING: President Biden will host George Floyd's family at the White House
to commemorate the one-year anniversary of George's death
. We must prevent future marginalized POC from suffering by passing the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act! https://t.co/j3oEK90LZM
— Ben Crump (@AttorneyCrump) May 22, 2021
A White House spokesperson declined to tell CNN
which members of the Floyd family would be making the trip, and did not respond immediately to Stardia's request for comment.
Floyd died after Chauvin knelt on his neck and upper back for nearly 10 minutes while a small group of concerned onlookers begged him to stop, according to one of Floyd's brothers, Philonise Floyd, who testified in the murder trial
of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin
, who was found guilty on three counts and is currently awaiting sentencing.
Philonise Floyd testified in court about his brother, saying he had loved their mother "so dearly" and was still mourning her death at the time of his fatal encounter with law enforcement.
Floyd's death sparked international outrage against racist
policing, putting pressure on lawmakers to address the issue.
On the campaign trail, Biden expressed support for police reform, saying that “the anger, frustration, and exhaustion is undeniable” in the Black community. During his April
address to Congress
, Biden set a May 25 deadline to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, but the administration has since backed off the deadline.
Bass is now working with Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) and Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) on a version of the bill that could pass the Democratic-controlled Senate
. Scott told CNN in mid-April that he was “optimistic” about the bill’s chances.
“We won’t make May 25, but I don’t think it will take months,” Bass said this week to The Hill.
“What matters most is that we get it right and that it is substantive, even if it is a couple of weeks later,” she explained.
If passed, the legislation would represent a significant shift in the way police are held accountable: it would outlaw racial profiling, lower the legal standard of proof for a law enforcement officer to be found guilty of misconduct in federal court, limit qualified immunity, a doctrine that protects police officers from prosecution for their actions in the line of duty, and give the federal government more power to investigate police misconduct.
According to sources, one of the main points of contention between Democrats
is qualified immunity.