As we pass by the first anniversary of the death of George Floyd, Floyd’s family was invited to and met with President Jow Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and other top congressional leaders inside the Oval Office.
The brother of George Floyd, Rodney, stated that both Biden and Harris issued their condolences to the family, as reported by USA Today.
“They asked us how we were doing,” Rodney stated. “Are we taking care of ourselves… and asked us all about how we’re feeling and what’s going on today about our brother. We’re thankful that they showed great concern.”
In the wake of the meeting at the White House, Philonise, Floyd’s other brother, issued a statement pressing Congress to pass some pointed laws, stating, “If you can make federal laws to protect the bird which is the bald eagle, then you can make federal laws to protect people of color.”
“We all said enough is enough. We need to be able to set standards and procedures in place,” stated Philonise Floyd at the press conference. “We need to be working together to make sure that people do not live in fear in America anymore. This is the land of the free, people fight to get here. Give them that opportunity to want to come here, not stay in places where they’re having trouble.”
Following that, Biden issued a statement that Floyd’s “murder launched a summer of protest we hadn’t seen since the Civil Rights era in the ‘60s – protests that peacefully unified people of every race and generation to collectively say enough of the senseless killings.”
He went on to add that the guilty verdict seen from the courts “was another important step forward toward justice,” going on to add that “our progress can’t stop there.”
In his statement at the press conference, Biden also made reference to a piece of legislation working its way through Congress, stating, “The negotiations on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in Congress are ongoing. I have strongly supported the legislation that passed the House, and I appreciate the good-faith efforts from Democrats and Republicans to pass a meaningful bill out of the Senate. It’s my hope they will get a bill to my desk quickly.”
Not wanting to be left out, Vice President Kamala Harris also issued a release. Her release stated that the video recording of the incident between former Minneapolis Police officer Derek Chauvin and George Floyd “revealed to the country what Black Americans have known to be true for generations.”
During an address to the joint session of Congress this past month, Biden urged Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act by the anniversary of Floyd’s death. Multiple sources in Congress “told Politico that the White House does not expect that the police reform bill will pass anytime soon and that they are waiting on a bipartisan ‘compromise’ agreement.”
Back in April, James Craig, Detroit’s Police Chief, issued his criticism of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act due to its seeking of an end to qualified immunity for law enforcement, criticizing, “This will decimate policing as we know it. This is a veiled attempt, I think, at dismantling policing.”