On Tuesday, Joe Biden, American President, and Kamala Harris, Vice President, stressed Congress to approve a massive police reform bill as Dereck Chauvin (former Minneapolis police officer) was charged with George Floyd’s murder.
The Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which was approved by the House on 3rd March, will end qualified immunity for officers and restricting stranglehold and no further knock warrants in federal drug cases.
President Joe Biden, in an address at the White House after the verdict, said that they must do more to reduce the probability that tragedies such as this will ever occur again. Moreover, he called the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act significant and meaning police reforms that should not take a complete year to approve.
The Senate has still not voted on the act, emerging criticism from people that Congress is working very slow after a summer of disturbance in the result of the murder of George Floyd.
President called George Floyd’s family
President Biden, in a phone call to George Floyd’s family after the judgment, said that he was relieved because Dereck Chauvin was declared guilty. Furthermore, he told them we are going to get a lot more done.
Besides this, many other Democratic Senators were also calling for approval of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which includes Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Senator Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Kirsten Gillibrand, D-Ny., and Raphael Warnock, D-Ga.
Today, a jury delivered justice and accountability for the murder of George Floyd.
While I feel a sense of relief about today’s verdict, systemic racism and disparate policing still exist in the US —necessitating the urgent passage of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
— Senator Mazie Hirono (@maziehirono) April 20, 2021
Today’s verdict affirming Derek Chauvin’s responsibility for killing George Floyd is the right outcome in this trial, but it is not justice.
Congress must pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to help end this cycle of violence.
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— Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock (@SenatorWarnock) April 20, 2021
Biden said about George Floyd’s murder that it was a murder in the day light, and he continued that it ripped the blinders off for the entire world to see systemic racism.
On Tuesday, a panel of justices found Dereck Chauvin guilty and charged with 2nd-degree manslaughter, 2nd-degree murder, and 3rd-degree murder.