Looking back at a year-long racial reckoning since George Floyd’s killing

George Floyd's family lobbies Biden for U.S. police reform on anniversary of death

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Floyd family lawyer Ben Crump said Biden told them that "he doesn't want to sign a bill that doesn't have substance and meaning".

The daughter of George Floyd said on Tuesday her father was going to "change the world" one year on from the black man's murder by a white police officer, as the family pushed Washington to reach a deal on law enforcement reform. Two other witnesses to the incident confirmed that slurs were uttered."She said it freely", Lindsey told The Daily Beast.Gunfire Erupts at George Floyd Square as Mourners Gather for One-Year AnniversaryThen, police say, O'Quinn drove her vehicle into protesters, sending two of them-including Lindsey-to the hospital.

"If you can make federal laws to protect the bird which is the bald eagle, you can make federal laws to protect people of color", Philonise Floyd, George's brother, told reporters after the meeting.

Another brother, Terrence Floyd, said as he left the White House that he was encouraged by the "productive conversation" in which Biden and Harris were eager to "actually give an ear to our concerns".

Biden had set a goal of today - the anniversary of Floyd's death - to pass police reform legislation during his joint address to Congress in April, though the White House backed off that deadline last week.

"He did", Biden said in a statement after meeting the family almost a year after their first encounter ahead of Floyd's funeral.

A moment of silence was also held in NY and a rally was held in Los Angeles to honour Floyd.

Floyd's death sparked protests against racial injustice and police brutality across a country already crackling with tension from the election battle between Biden and Donald Trump.

Floyd, 46, who was Black, died May 25, 2020, after then-Officer Derek Chauvin knelt on his neck, pinning him to the ground for about 9 1/2 minutes.

In the wake of the verdict, Biden sought to build on political momentum by urging Congress to pass a far-reaching police reform bill in time for the first anniversary.

Mr Floyd's dying breaths were seen by millions, sparking demonstrations about police violence and racial justice across the world - including peaceful protests here in Derbyshire.

Despite missing Mr Biden's hoped-for deadline, Representative Karen Bass, a co-author of the reform bill, reiterated her commitment to Democrats and Republicans negotiating a compromise. Bass, the top House Democratic bargainer, said talks would continue "until we get the job done". "It will be passed in a bipartisan manner".

As if to highlight the staggering number of United States shootings, multiple gunshots rang out Tuesday near the site in Minneapolis where people were marking the anniversary of Mr Floyd's killing.

White House advisers say Biden and his team have been in frequent touch with Capitol Hill negotiators over the legislation, but they believe this is an issue in which a high-profile public campaign by the president may do more harm than good.

The bill seeks to ban the use of chokeholds, impose restrictions on deadly force and make it easier to prosecute officers for wrongdoing.

The most far-reaching of the measures that senators are still debating would be to end current legal protections that block civil lawsuits against police accused of misconduct.

Mr Biden told them "he just wants the bill to be meaningful and that it holds George's legacy intact", said George Floyd's nephew Brandon Williams.

"While it is disappointing that we have been unable to come up with an agreement on police reform, we will take as long as need be to get this legislation right", Minnesota Republican Rep. Pete Stauber, a former police officer, said in a statement.