Congresswoman Maloney Observes One Year Since George Floyd's Murder

Congresswoman Maloney Observes One Year Since George Floyd's Murder

Congresswoman Maloney Observes One Year Since George Floyd's Murder

Celebrating the legacy of George Floyd, Remember 9:29 features an ensemble of Black Canadians coming together to share their real life perspectives on the Black experience.

"We hope to bring comfort to your family by passing this final bill very soon", Pelosi said.

"He did", Biden said in a statement after meeting the family almost a year after their first encounter ahead of Floyd's funeral.

Later, she stood before the cameras outside the White House and softly called out, "say his name". Family members chanted in return: "George Floyd".

Bridgett Floyd told the crowd in Minneapolis: "We don't want a watered down bill ..."

She and several other family members joined Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and others marking the anniversary in the city where George Floyd died, and other events took place in New York, Los Angeles and other cities in the US and overseas.

Senator Tim Scott of SC, a lead Republican negotiator, said on Tuesday the main point of contention between the parties is qualified immunity, a legal doctrine that shields individual police officers from lawsuits in certain circumstances.

"Missing this deadline, at the end of the day, will be less important than the strong bill that we have to pass", Smith, a Democrat, said about the legislation named after Floyd. The Floyds met late in the day with Democrat Cory Booker of New Jersey and Republican Tim Scott of SC, the Senate's lead negotiators on the bill. "I think it is moving slowly but we are making progress".

"Our government is working with Black communities across the country to make sure nobody is left behind".

The family of African American George Floyd appealed for sweeping police reform on the anniversary of his murder by a white officer Tuesday as they met President Joe Biden.

The current standoff underscores the political complexities of an issue that's a top concern for many of both parties' voters - Democrats' progressives and voters of color, and Republicans' law-and-order conservatives.

The former police officer has not yet been sentenced but faces up to 40 years in prison. Chauvin was convicted last month of multiple charges.

She and congressional negotiators declined to offer a new deadline for reaching an agreement.

"We got the verdict that we needed, but it's never going to change until we make a change", he said. "As we took a knee, imagine how long that was on a human being's neck", Sharpton said.

GOP lawmakers have preferred more modest changes.

"We will get this bill on President Biden's desk", she said at the meeting with the Floyd family.

The press secretary would not say whether the President would sign legislation that includes a compromise proposed by GOP Sen.

The statement concluded: "As members of the National Basketball Association family, we will continue to use our influence to support common-sense policy reform in our communities across the nation so that equal justice is afforded to all".

While progressives and many criminal justice reform advocates are insistent that the bill eliminate protections for individual officers, some Democrats, most notably House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn of SC and Senate Democratic Whip Dick Durbin of IL have said they could see a compromise on the issue. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has said he wouldn't support any bill that ended qualified immunity.

The reckoning on racial justice and policing stemming from Floyd's killing last May hasn't been lost on Biden.

Earlier in May a federal grand jury charged four ex-police officers - Alexander Keung, Thomas Lane and Tou Thao, as well as Chauvin himself - with violating George Floyd's civil rights.

"The Floyd family has shown extraordinary courage, especially his young daughter Gianna, who I met again today", Mr Biden said in a statement after talking with several members of the Floyd family in the White House.

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