May 25, 2021 - Politics & Policy

George Floyd's family says Biden reaffirmed commitment to police reform

 Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, speaks with other members of the Floyd family as they answer questions outside the White House.

Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

George Floyd's family told reporters on Tuesday that President Biden assured them he was still committed to passing a police reform bill and "doing everything to make sure [Floyd's] legacy was respected."

Why it matters: The family's visit to the White House came on the one-year anniversary of Floyd's murder. Congress is expected to miss Biden's self-imposed May 25 deadline for passing police reform legislation, which has stalled in the Senate due to Republican opposition to certain provisions.

What they're saying: “[Biden] said of the deadline, he’s not happy about it not being met, but all in all he just wants the bill to be right,” Brandon Williams, Floyd's nephew, told reporters outside the White House.

  • Ben Crump, an attorney for the Floyd family, added that Biden "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."
  • Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, renewed his call for lawmakers to pass the police reform bill, saying, "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."

Earlier Tuesday, Biden tweeted: "It’s been one year since George Floyd was murdered. In that time, George’s family has shown extraordinary courage."

  • "Last month’s conviction was a step towards justice – but we cannot stop there. We face an inflection point. We have to act."

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