Gianna Floyd, 7, said on the anniversary of her dad’s death: He’s going to ‘change the world’
George Floyd’s family came to Washington Tuesday to meet with President Joe Biden and key lawmakers involved in policing reform negotiations, talks now stalled with no concrete progress to show one year after Floyd’s death in police custody sparked worldwide protests demanding change.
Between meetings on Capitol Hill, the Floyds met with Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House behind closed doors, in order to have a “private discussion” with the family because of Biden’s “personal relationship,” with them, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday. Biden, she said, would put out a statement but he did not make public remarks, as could have been expected if he had been able to sign a policing reform bill with the Floyd family on hand.
Asked whether Biden is missing an opportunity to use his bully pulpit as president to put more pressure on Congress to get a deal done, Psaki defended the president’s choice.
“We may just have a disagreement in terms of what the right strategic approach is to these negotiations moving forward and getting to the final outcome, which we all want to see, which is a bill that the president can sign into law,” Psaki said, adding Biden remains “encouraged” by bipartisan negotiations and refused to offer a new deadline.
While Psaki fielded questions at the White House, Biden tweeted that the country is facing an “inflection point” on policing reform and must act.
Outside the White House, following a meeting between Biden and the Floyd family that lasted over an hour, attorney Benjamin Crump said Biden told them he’s not looking for a “rushed” reform bill.
“He said that he doesn’t want to sign a bill that doesn’t have substance and meaning, so he is going to be patient, to make sure it’s the right bill,” Crump said.
George Floyd’s brother, Philonise, then called on Congress to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
“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,” he told reporters.
Source : Good morning America