George Floyd sister says Biden broke promise on bill

George Floyd sister says Biden broke promise on bill
Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Bridgett Floyd, the sister of George Floyd, has boycotted a meeting with President Biden, saying he “broke a promise” to enact police reform legislation by the anniversary of her brother’s death.

While Bridgett Floyd attended a rally in Minneapolis, the city where her brother died in the hand of police, other family members lobbied Mr Biden at the White House to help pass the bill.

The bill, named George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is stalled on Capitol Hill.

On Tuesday, US cities and abroad marked a year since Floyd’s death.

Last month, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of the murder of Floyd, 46, after kneeling on his neck area for more than nine minutes as he was detained on suspicion of passing a counterfeit $20 bill.

Mr Derek faces up to 40 years in prison when sentenced on 25 June.

President Joe Biden had set Tuesday as a deadline for signing police reform legislation – exactly a year after Floyd’s death.

After meeting Mr Biden and and Vice-President Kamala Harris at the White House, Floyd’s brother, Philonise, said: “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 colour.”

Terrence, Floyd’s other brother, said it had been “a very productive conversation” in the White House.

But Bridgett Floyd explained why she did not go to White House, saying: “I was going to DC for Biden to sign a bill. Biden has not signed that bill. Biden has broke a promise.”

After meeting the family of George Floyd, president Biden issued a statement pledging to keep supporting the Bill.

Mr Biden said: “The battle for the soul of America has been a constant push and pull between the American ideal that we’re all created equal and the harsh reality that racism has long torn us apart.”

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