George Floyd Death Casts Long Shadow on Congress Logjam, Biden Meeting

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    President Joe Biden is set to meet privately Tuesday with the family of George Floyd one year after his death, with negotiators working on policing legislation in Congress still stuck on how to hold law enforcement officers accountable for excessive use of force.

    The three central players in the discussions — Democratic Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, GOP Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina and Democratic Representative Karen Bass of California — all say they are making progress, though an agreement could yet be weeks away.

    Biden surprised lawmakers when he urged them in his April 28 address to Congress to finish work on the legislation by the anniversary of Floyd’s death at the hands of a White Minneapolis police officer, according to an aide familiar with the negotiations. But with the talks at a crucial juncture, the White House hasn’t applied pressure to meet a hard deadline.

    Domestic policy adviser Susan Rice on Tuesday praised the proposed legislation is as “a very important step,” if not a “cure-all”

    Rice, in an interview with MSNBC, said the negotiations were moving forward in good faith “to see if we can get a meaningful police reform out of the Senate that will move the ball forward as far as we possibly can.”

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    George Floyd was an African-American man who died on 25th May 2020 in Powderhorn, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, following police arrest. Video recording by a witness, showing Floyd repeating “Please”, “I can’t breathe”, and “Don’t kill me”, was widely circulated on social media platforms and broadcast by media. The incident led to widespread protests across the United States.

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