Biden to host Floyd family at White House

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President Joe Biden will host George Floyd's family at the White House to mark the first anniversary of his death at the hands of a white Minneapolis police officer.

Floyd died on May 25, 2020, after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on his neck for more than nine minutes, while Floyd repeatedly said he couldn't breathe.

His death sparked months of protests across America and around the world focused on systemic racism and police brutality.

Chauvin was convicted last month on multiple charges stemming from Floyd's death.

Biden's plans to host Floyd's family come, however, as talks focused on the police reform bill named after Floyd - the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act - have stalled on Capitol Hill.

Biden had previously set the anniversary of Floyd's death as the deadline for the bill's passage, but there has been little movement in recent weeks.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday the White House acknowledged it was "unlikely" the bill would pass by Biden's deadline.

The George Floyd Justice in Policing Act would ban chokeholds by federal officers and end qualified immunity for law enforcement against civil lawsuits, as well as create national standards for policing in a bid to bolster accountability.

It passed the House in March, but faces a much tougher road in the evenly-divided Senate, where Republicans have expressed opposition to efforts to repeal qualified immunity.