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“We’re just here to just get our point across and let them know that we’re hurting, we’re still in pain,” Philonise Floyd said in Washington on Thursday after meeting Senate Majority Leader
A video of George Floyd’s death as a White Minneapolis police officer held his knee on Floyd’s neck sparked outrage and protests worldwide. It also helped convict the officer, Derek Chauvin, of second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.
Philonise Floyd said that while police were held accountable for his brother’s death, “these other families, and other families, that didn’t have footage all across America, they want the same thing.”
At his joint address to Congress on Wednesday, Biden called on lawmakers to approve policing overhaul legislation by May 25, exactly one year since Floyd’s death. Members of the Floyd family and the rest of the group went to the White House Thursday afternoon for a meeting with with White House counsel Dana Remus and senior advisers
Chauvin’s conviction on April 20 gave new momentum to a search for a compromise between Democrats and Republicans on legislation aimed at reining in some police tactics, improving training and increasing accountability.
Still, when Schumer was asked after the meeting whether he would try to meet Biden’s deadline, he simply said, “We need a strong, strong bill.”
”I want to get this done as quickly as possible,” Booker said. “I’m not putting deadlines out there, I’m putting the urgency of the work.”
Biden put forth his goal for final legislation as negotiators including Booker, GOP Senator
“There is a positive spirit in the room,” Senate Judiciary Chair
The House in early March approved a policing reform bill that would ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants, eliminate qualified immunity for law enforcement officers, prohibit racial and religious profiling and establish a national standard for police department operations. The Senate hasn’t acted since last June, when Democrats blocked from the floor an alternative by Scott that would have cut 25% of federal funds to police departments that failed to provide detailed information to the Justice Department about incidents of excessive force and no-knock search warrants. It didn’t address the liability issue.
“He thought it was very important that these families who have their blood on this legislation believe in it, and hopefully everyone in America can believe in it,” Crump said.
On Thursday, the families also met with Scott and with Senator
Both are central issues in the talks, and are opposed by Republicans in both chambers. Scott and other lawmakers have said one idea under discussion would allow victims’ families to sue police departments or local jurisdictions, rather than the officers themselves.
Other family members who attended the meetings said they are optimistic a final compromise will emerge.
“We’re here to urge them to do what is right, so that we can move forward so that we can stop or prevent another killing of a unarmed black or brown person,” said Alissa Finley.
Her brother, Botham Jean, was killed in 2018 by an off-duty Dallas police officer who claimed she mistakenly entered his apartment thinking it was hers and that he was an intruder. The officer was found guilty of murder.
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