President Joe Biden is scheduled to host members of George Floyd’s family at the White House on Tuesday, marking the first anniversary of his death in what the administration says will be a private meeting.
Floyd, who was Black, died on May 25, 2020, after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than nine minutes. Chauvin, who is white, was convicted of murder and manslaughter in the case, which led to protests and a reexamination of racism in the U.S.
In his address to Congress last month, Biden urged lawmakers to pass a police-reform bill by the first anniversary of Floyd’s death. But one of the lawmakers involved in negotiations, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, said meeting the Tuesday deadline wouldn’t be possible.
Booker, a Democrat, on Sunday told CNN the group has made “meaningful progress,” but that Democrats and Republicans are still far apart over how to deal with qualified immunity, which shields police officers from civil lawsuits.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters on Monday that Biden’s meeting with Floyd’s mother, siblings and other family members would be private but that Biden would issue a statement about the anniversary.
“He’s eager to listen to their perspectives and hear what they have to say during this meeting,” Psaki said of Biden and Floyd’s family.
Psaki acknowledged that the deadline for a policing bill will slip but said Biden is “encouraged that there is ongoing progress” and he will continue to press the issue.