George Floyd on One-Year Anniversary

by Jan Frazier

Washington, D. C. (Washington Insider Magazine)  According to the Floyd family attorney, Ben Crump, on Tuesday, George Floyd’s family along with President Joe Biden will host the first anniversary of Floyd’s death at the hands of Minneapolis police.

It is not known which members of Floyd’s family will make the trip to Washington, D.C., to attend the anniversary meal.

Philonise Floyd, brother to George Floyd, was a part of the murder trial that convicted Derek Chauvin – a former Minneapolis police office – of the death of George Floyd. He was found “guilty on three counts and is currently awaiting sentencing.” Chauvin “knelt on his neck and upper back for nearly 10 minutes,” and Floyd died as a result of this action.

Philonise Floyd said that his brother had still been mourning the death of their mother when this incident happened. “Floyd’s death set off global protests against racist policing, which put pressure on lawmakers to address the problem.”

Biden confessed that “the anger and frustration and the exhaustion is undeniable in the Black community.” There needs to be a bill concerning police reform.

This bill was introduced in June 2020, and it was hoped to be passed by May 25, the anniversary date of Floyd’s death. Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.), as well as Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), are both optimistic about the bill’s passing fairly soon. Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) said “What’s most important is that we get it right and that it be substantive, even if it’s a couple of weeks later.”

“If passed, the legislation would represent a sweeping overhaul in the ways police are held accountable. It would prohibit racial profiling; lower the legal standard of proof for a law enforcement officer to be found guilty of misconduct in federal court; place limits on qualified immunity, and give the Justice Department more power to investigate police departments.”

One of the main “sticking points” with the Republicans and Democrats in the negotiations that have been ongoing concerning “qualified immunity.”


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