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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."

Go deeper: Chauvin verdicts reduce pressure for police reform

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Chauvin trial leaves cities, activists across America on edge

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The impact of the Derek Chauvin trial is reverberating far beyond the walls of the downtown Minneapolis courtroom.

The state of play: With the trial set to enter its third week, activists across America are watching the proceedings unfold with heavy skepticism that what they perceive as justice will be served.

Updated 2 hours ago - Health

First North American Omicron cases identified in Canada

COVID-19 testing personnel at Toronto Pearson International Airport in September. Photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star via Getty Images

The first two cases of the new Omicron variant have been detected in North America, the Canadian government announced Sunday evening.

Driving the news: The World Health Organization has named Omicron a "variant of concern," but cautioned earlier on Sunday that it is not yet clear whether it's more transmissible than other strains of COVID-19.

6 hours ago - Health

WHO: Not yet known whether Omicron leads to more severe disease

Photo illustration: Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

The World Health Organization on Sunday said that it is not yet clear whether the newly discovered Omicron variant is more transmissible than other strains of the COVID-19 virus.

Why it matters: The agency's statement comes as the variant, discovered in South Africa, has already been detected in European and Asian countries.