US President Joe Biden has announced that he will meet with the family of African American George Floyd on Tuesday to celebrate the anniversary of his death by Minneapolis police.
The information was released by the White House, which has confirmed that the meeting will take place in Washington. The pictures of the officer Derek Chauvin, who was found guilty of murder, have sparked numerous national and international protests against the brutality of the police.
The videos of Chauvin holding his knee against Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes have sparked controversy in a country that continues to fight racism. His death brought thousands of people to the streets to support the Black Lives Matter movement.
Biden has launched a police reform that bears Floyd’s name and urged Congress to pass the package as soon as possible. Although the House of Representatives has already given him approval, the Senate has not yet approved the measure following the opposition’s rejection.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki has indicated that the government has “hope of negotiating” the implementation of the legislation, although it has not offered a specific date.
Biden first met Floyd’s family in June 2020 when he traveled to Houston to offer condolences ahead of the African American’s funeral. He has spoken to them several times since then, including after Chauvin was convicted.