A bipartisan group of lawmakers in Congress has been working to hammer out legislation bearing his name, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, created to overhaul USA law enforcement practices and make them more accountable.
"We need to be working together to make sure that people do not live in fear in America any more", he said.
Relatives of George Floyd met with President Joe Biden at the White House on Tuesday, lobbying for passage of police reform legislation in their loved one's name on the first anniversary of his killing by a police officer since convicted of murder. "Like millions around the world, National Basketball Association players, coaches, governors, officials and staff throughout our organization were outraged to see the horrifying and unlawful actions of the officer who pinned Mr. Floyd's neck to the ground under his knee for nine minutes".
It's a high-profile legislative fight in which Biden has notably taken a back seat, preferring to leave the work of crafting a compromise to lawmakers on Capitol Hill, in contrast to his fevered advocacy, both public and private, for his infrastructure bill and COVID-19 relief package.
"We hope to bring comfort to your family by passing the final bill very soon", Ms Pelosi said.
After the family met with Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Karen Bass in the morning, Pelosi told reporters, "They were lovely, they're optimistic, they're positive, but they're determined that we will get something done".
The police reform bill would ban potentially fatal restraint techniques used on suspects, like chokeholds, and end so-called "no-knock warrants" that authorize police to burst into a suspect's house unannounced.
"We have a long way to go still, but it's starting to take form", Scott said.
GOP lawmakers have preferred more modest changes. "We face an inflection point", Biden said in a statement issued by the White House afterward.
But some activists say they'd like to see the president be more outspoken in advocating for the bill. Tina Smith said in an interview beforehand, and shows "the commitment that the president has to moving our country forward on racial justice".
Yet Republicans and Democrats are deeply divided on police reform, even within Minnesota's congressional delegation. People briefed on the process said that there was sufficient agreement on so many other reforms that there should be scope for a compromise. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has said he wouldn't support any bill that ended qualified immunity. He said O'Quinn told him to move after almost hitting him, but said he only got out of the way when an Elizabeth City police officer asked him to do so.Witnesses said they had no doubt about why the collision took place."That's premeditated", Deshawn Morris told The Daily Beast.
The Biden administration has signaled that the Justice Department will shift its focus to prioritize civil rights and policing reform after a tumultuous four years under President Donald Trump.
On April 20, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter by a jury for his role in the murder of Floyd last May outside of a local convenience store.
Mr. Crump and the Floyd family were set to meet with Senator Cory Booker, Democrat of New Jersey, and Senator Tim Scott, Republican of SC, two of the lead negotiators on a bipartisan bill, after their meeting with Mr. Biden.