George Floyd's brother calls on Congress to pass policing bill ahead of White House visit: 'People shouldn't have to live in fear'

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Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd, and Rev. Al Sharpton arrive at the Hennepin County Government Center on April 19, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Brandon Bell/Getty Images
  • George Floyd's brother, Philonise Floyd, spoke out about his late brother in an interview on CNN Tuesday morning.

  • Floyd said lawmakers passing police reform is "one of the best things that you can pass" in the US.

  • His remarks come ahead of the family's visit to the White House to meet with President Joe Biden.

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Ahead of his family's visit to the White House on Tuesday, Philonise Floyd called for more progress in policing reform.

When asked during an interview on CNN's "New Day" if problems that African Americans are facing have changed in the year since his brother was killed during a police arrest, Floyd said progress was slow.

"I think it's moving slowly, but it's making progress. I just want everything to be better in life because I don't want to see people dying the same way my brother has passed," Floyd added.

George Floyd died after he struggled to breathe when former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin - who was found guilty of murder and manslaughter last month - knelt on his neck for more than nine minutes during an arrest.

Following Floyd's death, thousands of people across the US took to the streets for anti-racism protests, calling for justice, accountability, and police reform.

"I think about all the activists and the people who stepped out and put their lives on the line during the pandemic," Floyd said in the interview Tuesday morning.

The Floyd family is set to meet with President Joe Biden at the White House Tuesday afternoon. The visit comes as the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act has stalled in Congress, leaving activists who have been on the ground feeling sidelined.

The bill, which passed in the House last June with only three Republicans voting in favor, calls for broader police accountability for misconduct and transparency through data collection. The legislation would grant power to the Department of Justice to issue subpoenas to conduct "pattern and practice" investigations into discriminatory policing practices. It would also prohibit the use of chokeholds.

"This would be one of the best things that you can pass across America. People shouldn't have to live in fear," Floyd said.

"I just want everything to be better in life because I don't want to see people dying the same way my brother has passed," he added.

Floyd called his late brother "an asset to this family."

"He went to Minnesota to become a truck driver just to be able to do something meaningful for his kids... his daughter, Gianna," Floyd added. "It's been one year, and she had to watch the same thing everybody across the world had to watch...him being murdered on a video."

"Now is the time to act" on police reform, civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who represents the Floyd family, said.

"Let's do it in the name of George Floyd and all the others that have been taken from us unjustly by the very people who were supposed to protect and serve us," Crump said.

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