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President Biden Calls On Congress To Pass Police Reform Legislation By Anniversary Of George Floyd's Death

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CBS4's Steve Dorsey has more from the White House.

Video Transcript

- Now to the Biden presidency and President Joe Biden's call on Congress to pass police reform legislation by the first anniversary of the death of George Floyd.

- That's next month. Today, families of people killed by police met with lawmakers on Capitol Hill. CBS 4's Steve Dorsey has more from the White House.

STEVE DORSEY: Relatives of George Floyd and Eric Garner were among a group who met with both Republican and Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill Thursday to push for police reform.

BEN CRUMP: This was about them understanding that this is very real to all of us, but it means more to these families than anybody else.

STEVE DORSEY: The visit comes as a bipartisan group of lawmakers tries to negotiate a deal.

CORY BOOKER: They are driving this change. And the pain and the hurt, as well as turning that pain into even a deeper, broader purpose, this is what's going to make the difference.

STEVE DORSEY: Last night, President Biden called on Congress to pass comprehensive police reform by the first anniversary of Floyd's murder next month.

PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: We've all seen the knee of justice on the neck of Black Americans. Now is our opportunity to make some real progress.

STEVE DORSEY: In March, the House passed the George Floyd Justice and Policing Act, which would, among other things, ban chokeholds and some no-knock warrants, and prohibit racial and religious profiling. But overhauling protections for police, which would make it easier to hold officers accountable in court, has been a sticking point for Senate Republicans. Still, Republican Senator Tim Scott is hopeful.

- What do you hope to accomplish today?

TIM SCOTT: Progress.

STEVE DORSEY: 335 people in the US have been killed by police so far this year, according to MappingPoliceViolence.org. The group says in recent years, 98% of police killings have not resulted in charges against the officer. Steve Dorsey, CBS News, the White House.

- The governor of Minnesota also called on lawmakers in his state today to pass comprehensive police reform in the wake of George Floyd case verdict and the fatal police shooting of Daunte Wright earlier this month.