On Tuesday, the family of George Floyd met with President Joe Biden
at the White House
to remember Floyd, who was killed by police
a year ago.
Officer Derek Chauvin
was captured on video kneeling on Floyd's neck for nearly 10 minutes during Floyd's arrest, asphyxiating him, and was found guilty of murder in April
Floyd's family, including his 7-year-old daughter Gianna, gathered at the White House on Tuesday to pay their respects. Gianna Floyd led the family in saying her father's name.
The family also met with Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris
to discuss the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act
, which aims to eliminate police bias and misconduct.
“It should be that we all want better policing,” said attorney Ben Crump
, “because this is an American issue, not a police or civil rights
Biden stated that he "strongly supports the legislation" and hopes to have a bill on his desk "shortly."
“To achieve real change, we must hold law enforcement officers accountable when they violate their oaths, and we must build long-term trust between the vast majority of the men and women who honorably wear the badge and the communities they are sworn to serve and protect,” Biden said.
Harris also urged Congress
to expedite the bill's passage.
“Mr. Floyd should be alive today,” Harris said in a statement, “and he should be with his family, who continue to demonstrate courage, grace, and resilience.”