New York: As the nation honored the life of George Floyd with memorial events and marches, Floyd’s family and supporters said they have been encouraged by the progress made in the year since he was murdered by a Minneapolis police officer.
From Dallas to Washington, DC, to Minneapolis, Floyd’s name is echoing across the country in recognition of a man who has become a symbol in the fight for racial equality and police reform.
“Today I just felt a day of relief,” Floyd’s aunt Angela Harrelson told CNN. “The support that we have received, the love to get to this day. I am just overwhelmed with joy and hope and I feel like change is here.”
Darnella Frazier, the woman who recorded the video of Floyd’s murder, told CNN that she didn’t know Floyd “from a can of paint, but I knew his life mattered.”
“I knew that he was in pain,” Frazier said. “I knew that he was another black man in danger with no power.”
Several members of Floyd’s family, including Floyd’s daughter Gianna, Gianna’s mother, Roxie Washington, and his brother Philonise Floyd were in Washington Tuesday to meet with President Joe Biden, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers.
Philonise Floyd, said the meeting with Biden and Harris was “great,” calling President Biden a “genuine guy” who always speaks from the
Biden released a statement saying the Floyd family has shown “extraordinary courage” over the last year.
The family visit comes as the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act remains stalled in the Senate, despite Biden setting an initial goal of having the legislation passed by Tuesday.