Families of Black Men Slain by Police Are Hopeful for Reform
The family and delegates of Black men killed by the police met with congresspersons and White House authorities Thursday — and left idealistic that police change could be endorsed by May 25, the commemoration of the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Following a joint legislative location Wednesday night in which President Joe Biden requested that Congress affirm change by May 25, the families and their delegates met with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina.
“They said that we will do everything possible to ensure we have a significant bill that we can put on President Biden’s work area,” said attorney Ben Crump after a White House meeting Thursday evening.
Going to the gatherings were agents and relatives of Floyd, Eric Garner, Terence Crutcher, Andrew Brown and Botham Jean — every one of whom was slaughtered by police. Floyd’s demise started fights worldwide and calls to consider police responsible after Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin was caught on video stooping on Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes. Chauvin was sentenced for this present month for homicide and murder.
Crump said the legislators made a pledge to the families to pass a critical bill. “It’s their blood that is in this enactment,” Crump said of the groups of the people in question.
After the Senate gatherings, the families and their delegates met with Cedric Richmond, the White House head of public commitment; Susan Rice, the overseer of the Domestic Policy Council; and Dana Remus, the White House counsel.
The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act would boycott strangle holds and qualified insusceptibility for law implementation while making public guidelines for policing in a bid to reinforce responsibility.
The House passed the action in March, however its destiny stays unsure in a Senate split uniformly among Democrats and Republicans as bipartisan talks have begun.