Get The Pavlovic Today’s top stories and best reads.
Since George Floyd’s death, police violence has not waned. His family members join President Biden and Vice President Harris at the White House to grieve and discuss police reform.
One year after the murder of George Floyd, members of Floyd’s family met with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House. The group met in private to mark a year since the death of George Floyd and the ensuing call for racial justice across the world.
Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man was murdered by police officer Derek Chauvin. Chauvin kept his knee on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes. Floyd’s death and the outcry that followed created a global movement.
After a summer of protest and demands for change in law enforcement, Biden has met with Floyd’s family to reflect on their loss– and point towards action. “Last month’s conviction of the police officer who murdered George was another important step forward toward justice. But our progress can’t stop there,” said Biden.
Since Floyd’s death, police violence has not waned. The Washington Post data shows that 967 people have been shot and killed by police in the past year. In light of continuing violence, Biden addressed current negotiations on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. Biden called for the Policing Act to be passed by the one-year anniversary of Floyd’s death, but with the House out of Washington, the bill won’t be passed by the deadline.
The Policing Act was introduced by Vice President Kamala Harris, Senator Cory Booker, and Representative Karen Bass. Harris says the bill will “hold law enforcement accountable and build trust between law enforcement and the communities it serves.” The Act encompassed a broad array of issues related to police brutality and racial justice, with some key legislative points. One component of the bill limits the standard of criminal intent necessary to convict a law enforcement officer for misconduct.
The part of the bill that has prohibited its passage is the limit on qualified immunity. The act would curb qualified immunity to private civil actions against a law enforcement officer, an area Republicans hesitate to pass in Congress.
Biden told the family he’s “not happy” about missing the deadline, but stressed that he wants it to be the “right bill” for George Floyd’s legacy. Without the press around, Biden spent time with the Floyd family during a painful anniversary.
“I got a chance to spend a lot of time with Gianna and the family, and we just talked about- you know, it’s the one-year anniversary. And those of you that have been through personal loss know that although every anniversary is, you’re happy people remember, it also brings everything back immediately like it happened that day. It takes a lot of courage to go through it. And they’ve been wonderful.”
Asked specifically about George Floyd’s young daughter, Gianna, Biden said the first thing she did was run to him and give him a hug, then asked for snacks. Gianna had Cheetos and milk (possibly chocolate milk) during the visit to the White House, he said.
“My wife’s going to kill me,” he joked after listing the snacks.
Floyd’s family all said the conversation with the President and Vice President was productive and meaningful.
“I think that the meeting went well. He showed concern, and I think genuinely he wanted to know exactly how we were doing and what he could do to support us,” said Brandon Williams, George Floyd’s nephew.
Still, the family echoed hopes for progress on the passage of The Policing Act.
“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,” said Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s sister.
In the meantime, Biden said he’s spoken with negotiators on police reform and he’s “hopeful that after Memorial Day” there will be a potential deal.
more from the pavlovic today
The Sunday Times published a leaked document from December 2020, advising then Prime Minister Boris Johnson to “no longer ask Richard Sharp’s advice about your personal financial matters.” According to the memo, officials warned Johnson in December 2020. Sharp, the second largest shareholder in Oncimmune and Johnson’s preferred candidate, was appointed the BBC Chairman in…Keep reading
John Healey, Labour MP and Shadow Defense Secretary, told Sky News that the West is doing “much of what Ukraine is asking for” regarding financial and military support. Talking to Sky News, Healey said that Germany’s recent decision to send 14 Leopards and two tanks to Ukraine “allows other countries to move together to support…Keep reading
EST 9:00 AM President Biden receives the Presidential Daily Briefing 11:40 PM President Biden departs the White House en route Springfield, Virginia 2:45 PM President Biden delivers remarks on our economic progress since taking office 5:30 PM President Biden hosts a Lunar New Year ReceptionKeep reading
On Wednesday, President Joe Biden announced that the US would send 31 M-1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine.In the past several weeks, the government resisted sending Abrams to Ukraine, given the machine’s unique supply chain needs and the technicality demanded from tankers to operate it. During today’s press briefing John Kirby from the National Security Council…Keep reading
In his remarks from the Roosevelt Room on Wednesday, President Biden announced the US would send 31 M-1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine. “They need an enduring capability to deter and defend from Russian aggression,” said Biden. The President said the US would give Ukraine the parts and training needed to use the M1 Abrams. “Delivering…Keep reading