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President Joe Biden will host the family of George Floyd at the White House Tuesday as his administration gears up to mark the one-year anniversary of Floyd’s death.
In her daily briefing Friday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki declined to offer additional details of how Biden planned to mark the anniversary, the Associated Press reported.
Floyd died on May 25, 2020, after then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin attempted to arrest him. During the bust, Chauvin kneeled on the prone Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes.
Though Floyd had been a drug user and suffered from a heart condition, the Hennepin County medical examiner ruled the death a homicide.
In a much-watched trial, Chauvin was convicted of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. He will be sentenced on June 16. The city of Minneapolis paid the Floyd family $27 million in a legal settlement.
His death sparked months of protests in Minneapolis and around the country that frequently devolved into violence and looting.
On Capitol Hill, Democrats have hoped to use the incident to pass sweeping federal criminal justice reforms, including a national ban on chokeholds and ending qualified immunity for police officers.
Team Biden had hoped to pass the “George Floyd Justice in Policing Act” by the one-year anniversary, something which allies now say is unlikely as the legislation is currently stalled.
With Post Wires.
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