Selasa, 25 Mei 2021

George Floyd family speaks with US President Joe Biden on anniversary of death at hands of police - ABC News

US President Joe Biden has met privately with relatives of George Floyd, whose death a year ago led to worldwide protests against racism and police brutality.

Members of Mr Floyd's family are urging politicians to pass police reform in his name.

Mr Floyd, 46-year-old black man who had been handcuffed by police, was killed by a white officer kneeling on his neck for more than nine minutes.

His dying words, "I can't breathe", were echoed as a slogan in widespread street demonstrations that spread across the United States and the world last year in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

He was speaking on the White House driveway after he and five other members of the family met with Mr Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris in the Oval Office.

In a statement issued by the White House afterward, Mr Biden said the nation faced "an inflection point".

"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," he said.

Nancy Pelosi is hugged by Philonese Floyd, surrounded by other family members.
Philonise Floyd and Nancy Pelosi share a moment at the Capitol.   (

AP: Bill Clark


Mr Floyd's daughter and her mother, along with his sister, brothers, sister-in-law and nephew, were among those in the meeting.

Mr Biden, a Democrat, was expected to discuss the progress of the proposed George Floyd Justice in Policing Act during the meeting.

The President had wanted US politicians to finish work on the legislation overhauling police practices by the anniversary of Mr Floyd's death.

A bipartisan group of politicians in the House and Senate had been working toward that end.

The lawyer representing Mr Floyd's family, Benjamin Crump, said Congress needed to urgently pass police reform legislation.

"We all want better policing, we all want just policing for George Floyd to get an opportunity to take a breath without having a knee on his neck, so we're going to continue with his family and this legal team to continue to press," he said.

Police officer faces 40 years in jail

Former police officer Derek Chauvin, 45, faces up to 40 years in prison when he is sentenced on June 25.

George Floyd reacts as a police officer points a gun at him.
Mr Floyd was stopped on May 25 last year. (

Court TV via AP, Pool


The three other officers at the scene have pleaded not guilty to aiding and abetting Chauvin, and will go on trial next year.

The Minneapolis Police Department fired all four officers the day after Mr Floyd was killed.

Shots fired near site of killing

Mourners are set to gather for a candlelight vigil at the stretch of road where Mr Chauvin knelt on Mr Floyd's neck.

Hours before the events began in Minneapolis, the intersection where Floyd died was disrupted by the sound of gunfire. 

Associated Press video from 38th Street and Chicago Avenue — informally known as George Floyd Square — showed people running for cover as shots rang out.

Police said a man went to a nearby hospital with a gunshot wound.

Police spokesman, John Elder, said he was in critical condition but was expected to survive.

No-one was in custody by midday local time.

Philip Crowther, a reporter working for AP Global Media Services, which provides live video coverage, reported hearing as many as 30 gunshots about a block from the intersection.

Crowther said a storefront window appeared to have been broken by bullets.

"Very quickly things got back to normal," Crowther said.

"People here who spend a significant amount of time, the organisers, were running around asking, ‘Does anyone need a medic?’"


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