Biden to meet George Floyd's family to mark one year since killing

Washington DC – President Joe Biden is set to meet with the family of George Floyd, a Black man whose death at the hands of police exactly one year ago spurred protests in the US and abroad.

Members of George Floyd's family have been invited to meet with President Biden in Washington DC on Tuesday.
Members of George Floyd's family have been invited to meet with President Biden in Washington DC on Tuesday.  © IMAGO / ZUMA Wire

The White House announced that Floyd's family would meet with Biden in Washington on Tuesday, the anniversary of Floyd's killing, for which police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder.

Sentencing has not yet been announced. The trial of three alleged accomplices is scheduled to begin next March.

Videos of Chauvin pressing his knee on Floyd's neck for more than eight minutes as he pleaded to be allowed to breathe catalyzed a national reckoning with systemic racism and police brutality.

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The killing unleashed a wave of protests and demonstrations across the United States and around the world, as millions joined marches for racial justice in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Biden has pushed for a police reform bill named after Floyd and called on Congress to pass it no later than the anniversary of his death.

While the House of Representatives passed the bill in March, it faltered in the Senate due to Republican opposition.

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