President Biden in a joint address to Congress on Wednesday urged the Senate to pass a policing bill named for George Floyd, the Black man whose murder in Minneapolis last year led to nationwide protests against police brutality.
What he's saying: "We have all seen the knee of injustice on the neck of Black America," Biden said. "Now is our opportunity to make real progress."
- "It was nearly a year ago before her father’s funeral, when I spoke with Gianna Floyd, George Floyd’s young daughter," Biden said.
- "As I knelt down to talk to her so we could talk eye—to—eye, she said to me,'Daddy changed the world,'" the president added.
- "After the conviction of George Floyd’s murderer, we can see how right she was — if we have the courage to act."
- "I know the Republicans have their own ideas and are engaged in productive discussions with Democrats. We need to work together to find a consensus," Biden continued. "Let’s get it done next month, by the first anniversary of George Floyd’s death."
The big picture: The House-passed bill overhauls qualified immunity for police officers, bans chokeholds at the federal level, prohibits no-knock warrants in federal drug cases and outlaws racial profiling, Axios's Shawna Chen reports.
- It would also establish a national registry of police misconduct to be managed by the Department of Justice.