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Cary Erickson | 26 May, 2021, 04:08

In their statement, the board members of the National Basketball Social Justice Coalition called on "elected representatives of both parties to work together to pass the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act in the U.S. Senate now and present it to President [Joe] Biden for him to sign into law this year".

On Tuesday, as Floyd's family was preparing to meet with Biden, the Senate voted to confirm Kristen Clarke as assistant attorney general for civil rights, the first Black woman to hold the position.

"We hope to bring comfort to your family by passing this final bill very soon", Pelosi said.

Democrats, who have named their bill after Floyd, suggested that won't happen with police reform.

The death of George Floyd triggered major protests in the United States and other countries.

The former police officer has not yet been sentenced but faces up to 40 years in prison.

Floyd's sister Bridgett and other family members joined Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, citizens and activists at a park on Tuesday (US time) to observe the moment at an event that included music and food trucks.

"Indeed that change is coming true", Ms Pelosi said.

Mr Floyd's death on 25 May 2020 sparked protests against racial injustice and police brutality across a country already crackling with tension from the election battle between Mr Biden and Donald Trump.

"The courage and grace of his family, and especially his daughter Gianna, has really stuck with the president", White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said, adding that the president was "eager to listen to their perspectives". "Like millions around the world, National Basketball Association players, coaches, governors, officials and staff throughout our organization were outraged to see the horrifying and unlawful actions of the officer who pinned Mr. Floyd's neck to the ground under his knee for nine minutes".

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In the wake of Mr Chauvin's conviction last month, Mr Biden sought to build on political momentum by urging Congress to pass a far-reaching police reform bill in time for the anniversary.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in Congress has been working to hammer out legislation bearing his name, the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, created to overhaul USA law enforcement practices and make them more accountable.

Mr Biden told them "he just wants the bill to be meaningful and that it holds George's legacy intact", said George Floyd's nephew Brandon Williams.

"We got the verdict that we needed, but it's never going to change until we make a change", he said. "It will be passed in a bipartisan manner".

George Floyd was killed on May 25 past year. People briefed on the process said that there was sufficient agreement on so many other reforms that there should be scope for a compromise.

However, Biden and reform proponents say that a culture of impunity and underlying racism have made incidents like Floyd's death increasingly common.

As if to highlight the staggering number of USA shootings, multiple gunshots rang out Tuesday near the site in Minneapolis where people were marking the anniversary of Mr Floyd's killing. A spokesperson for the Albemarle District Jail told The Daily Beast that O'Quinn was still incarcerated as of Tuesday evening.Lindsey said she was treated in the hospital and released with no life-threatening injuries.

The police reform bill would ban potentially fatal restraint techniques used on suspects, like chokeholds, and end so-called "no-knock warrants" that authorize police to burst into a suspect's house unannounced.

The most far-reaching of the measures that senators are still debating would be to end current legal protections that block civil lawsuits against police accused of misconduct.

When the ambulance arrived, Mr Floyd was motionless.