George Floyd’s Family to Visit White House on Tuesday to Mark First Anniversary of His Death

FILE – In this Aug. 28, 2020, file photo, people carry posters with George Floyd on them as they march from the Lincoln Memorial to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington. As the anniversary of George Floyd’s murder approaches, some people say the best way to honor him is for Congress to pass a bill in his name that overhauls policing. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

President Biden will host family members of George Floyd Tuesday to commemorate the first anniversary of his death, a pair of White House sources told The Hill on Friday.

The visit comes as Democrats push Congress to pass some form of police reform, with the White House having advocated for legislation to be passed by the May 25 anniversary of Floyd’s death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that Biden will mark the anniversary next week but declined to offer further specifics.

“On Tuesday, he will mark the anniversary of the death of George Floyd. We’ll have more details on what the plans are for that day soon,” Psaki said at a press briefing.

Floyd’s death after he was pinned down by his neck for over nine minutes by former officer Derek Chauvin sparked nationwide protests against police brutality and racism in the criminal justice system.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Tal Axelrod