US President Joe Biden welcomed the family of George Floyd, a black man who died as a result of police violence on May 25, 2020, to the White House today.
On the 1st anniversary of Floyd’s death, Floyd’s daughter Gianna, mother Roxie Washington, brothers Philonise, Rodney, Terrence Floyd, and nephew Brandon Williams arrived at the White House.
The Floyd family’s hour-long meeting with US President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris was closed to the press.
Appearing before reporters after the meeting, Ben Crump, an attorney for the Floyd family, said the family would meet with some members of Congress this afternoon to pass the “George Floyd Police Act.”
Philonise Floyd said the meeting went very well and thanked Biden for giving them the opportunity.
In addition, the slogans of George Floyd’s daughter Gianna, “Say his name”, were responded to by people in the White House garden with the slogan “George Floyd”.
Meanwhile, US President Biden issued a written statement following the meeting to mark the 1st anniversary of Floyd’s death.
“Despite their pain, the Floyd family I met with today, especially her younger daughter Gianna, showed great courage,” Biden said, noting that Floyd’s family still felt like they had received the news a few seconds earlier, a year later.
“The conviction last month of the police officer who killed George was an important step towards justice, but the process must not end here,” Biden said, noting that George Floyd’s death changed the world and his death sparked the largest protests in the United States since the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s last summer.
Police officers who abuse their positions must be held accountable to truly create change, Biden said, adding that trust between security forces and the public must also be reallocated.
George Floyd, 46, a black American from Minneapolis, Minnesota, pleaded for minutes to “breathe” as 44-year-old police officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee to his neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds while he was being detained on suspicion of fraud on May 25, 2020, and died a short time later.