George Floyd's family will meet President Joe Biden and ANC legislators on Tuesday - one year after his assassination by a Minneapolis police officer, which sparked nationwide human rights protests and made police reforms a national priority.
Ben Crump, a family lawyer, confirmed a visit to NBC News on Monday.
The family will meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., On Tuesday morning in Washington ahead of their White House meeting with Biden. The family will then meet with several senators from both sides, but Trump declined to name attorneys.
Philonise Floyd raises her fist as she exits the Hennepin County Government Center with Keeta Floyd and Attorney Ben Crump on April 5, 2021 in Minneapolis.
Philonise Floyd raises her fist as she exits the Hennepin County Government Center with Keeta Floyd and Attorney Ben Crump on April 5, 2021 in Minneapolis. File Stephen Maturen / Getty Images
Sen. Cory Booker, New Jersey Democrat, Tim Scott, Republican of South Carolina, and Rep. Karen Bass, D-Calif., Became a leading negotiator in the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. The bill seeks to eliminate certain police tactics, including traffic jams and carotid arrests, two types of potentially dangerous forces.
Such practices will be banned at the state level, and funding for local and state policing agencies will be placed on those agencies that prohibit them. The bill also aims to improve police training and invest in community programs designed to improve policing and promote new equitable policies, among other things.
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Former Minneapolis police chief Derek Chauvin was found guilty in April of the second and third counts of murder, as well as the second-degree murder of Floyd, a sentence that could land him in prison on June 25.
Biden called on Congress to pass a bill commemorating Floyd's death last year in April in his first congressional hearing. Biden said the law would help restore trust between communities and lawmakers and give meaning to the words of Floyd's daughter, which Biden told her, "Father has changed the world."
However, the legislature is poised to miss the deadline as both sides debate some of the provisions of the bill, which passed the Democratic Alliance-led House in March but has not yet received a vote in the Senate, where at least 10 Republicans are required to pass a 60-vote law.
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"As we continue to resolve our differences on important issues, we continue to make progress to the consensus and remain optimistic about the prospects for achieving that goal," Booker, Scott and Bass said in a joint statement on Monday.
Scott also told the media on Monday that the deal was imminent. He said the interviewers "had a good, good progress over the weekend" and "we see the end of this tunnel." Scott declined to say whether he would meet the Floyd family.
“We still have a lot of work to do,” Booker said. "But the good thing about this law is that everyone wants something really meaningful and I was grateful for the work we did."
Trump said Monday he viewed the White House visit as an opportunity to honor "Floyd and Biden," who had been in constant contact with the family. " Mr Trump said he hoped the trip would "continue" in the wake of Floyd's change of police bill.