Biden to welcome George Floyd family to White House
George Floyd’s brothers Rodney Floyd and Philonise Floyd and George Floyd’s nephew Brandon Williams check in at a security entrance to the Hennepin County Government Center on April 9, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
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President Joe biden will welcome George Floyd’s family to the White House on Tuesday, an administration official confirmed to CNBC.
The visit marks the first anniversary of Floyd’s death, which sparked international protests against police brutality and racism in the criminal justice system.
Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, died after former Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin held his knee to Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes.
The Floyd family’s visit to the White House comes as lawmakers attempt to create bipartite legislation on police reform that could go through both houses of Congress.
The House passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in March. The Police Reform Bill seeks to ban strangulation, carotid seizures and no-cut warrants, as well as end qualified immunity.
However, lawmakers struggled to find a compromise that could win enough support in an equally divided Senate.
Congress is set to miss the president’s deadline to pass the legislation before the anniversary of Floyd’s death. At least 10 Senate Republicans are required for passage of the bill due to the chamber obstruction rule.
“It would be a contribution to rebuilding trust in communities,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday of the bill’s potential passage. “Obviously, there is more to do beyond that; this is not the only step – far from it.”
A point of contention in the negotiations was over qualified immunity, making it difficult to prosecute individual agents.
Ten House Democrats are pushing congressional leaders not to remove the provision to end qualified immunity. But some GOP senators fear its end would leave officers and departments vulnerable to a series of lawsuits.