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In a phone call in April after a former Minneapolis police officer was found guilty of the murder of George Floyd, President Biden promised Mr Floyd’s family that he would win passage of a police reform bill on his behalf.

“That and much more,” Mr. Biden promised that day.

Mr. Biden has yet to make good on that promise, even as he met with Mr. Floyd’s family in a private session in the Oval Office on Tuesday to mark the day a white police officer pressed his knee on Mr. Floyd’s neck, to learn more than nine minutes and killed him. Officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

The closed meeting lasted more than an hour on Tuesday afternoon.

In a speech to Congress last month, the President used the emotional power of Mr. Floyd’s death and the national movement it ignited to urge lawmakers to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act by May 25, the first Anniversary of Mr. Floyd to say goodbye. Floyd’s death. It is, the President implored Democrats and Republicans to “bend the arc of the moral universe toward justice, real justice.”

But Washington missed the moment.

The legislation that bears Mr Floyd’s name – which would ban the use of chokeholds, limit deadly force and make it easier to prosecute officers for misconduct – has suffered in Congress as lawmakers squabble over a number of issues, including one Measure that would change a legal shield known as qualified immunity, protecting police officers in cases of brutality.

After meeting the Floyd family on Tuesday, Mr Biden reiterated his commitment to passing a police reform bill, calling Mr Chauvin’s conviction “another important step towards justice,” but one that fell short.

“To bring about real change, we must be accountable when law enforcement officers violate their oaths, and we must build enduring trust between the vast majority of men and women who honorably wear the badge and the communities they have sworn to serve and.” to protect. ‘ Mr Biden said. “We can and must have both responsibility and trust in our justice system.”

Though both sides are optimistic an agreement may still be possible in the coming weeks, the standoff reminds Mr. Biden of the limits of presidential power and even the increasing lack of true bipartisanship in the nation’s capital amid the largest racial justice protests for generations.

“He was a son. He was a father. He was a brother. And we failed him,” Senator Cory Booker, a Democrat from New Jersey, said Tuesday on CBS This Morning. “We have to make progress here. We must not lose this moment.”

A now-famous video of the killing of Mr. Floyd in Minneapolis, with Mr. Chauvin kneeling on his neck for nine minutes and 29 seconds, hastened a nationwide racist reckoning on police brutality and fueled calls for justice and police reform. The Biden administration said Tuesday that Mr. Biden would travel to Oklahoma next week to attend the 100th anniversary of the 1921 Tulsa massacre.

Before arriving at the White House on Tuesday afternoon, the Floyd family made a stop with key lawmakers on Capitol Hill, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who renewed her party’s commitment to signing legislation.

“Today is the day the world went berserk and people realized what’s going on in America and we all said ‘enough is enough,'” said Philonise Floyd, who is with his family and lawmakers under one Standing portrait of George Washington.

Among those attending the meeting with the President, according to White House press secretary Jen Psaki, are: Gianna, daughter of Mr. Floyd; Roxie Washington, Gianna’s mother; Bridgett Floyd, his sister; Philonise Floyd, his brother; Kita Floyd, his sister-in-law; Rodney Floyd, his brother; Terrence Floyd, his brother; and Brandon Williams, his nephew.

Before the meeting, Mr Biden praised the family on Twitter, saying that Mr Floyd’s relatives had shown “extraordinary courage” and calling Mr Chauvin’s sentencing a “step towards justice” for Mr Floyd.

But he added: “We can’t stop there. We are at a turning point. We have to take action.”

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