When Gianna Floyd accompanied her family to the White House Tuesday on the one-year anniversary of the death of her father, George Floyd, she was like any typical 7-year-old: She wanted to know, from President Joe Biden, if there were any snacks around.
“She said, ‘I’m really hungry.’ She said to me, ‘Do you have any snacks?’ ” Biden told reporters, according to CNN. “My wife will kill me — we gave her some ice cream, she had some Cheetos, and I think she had a chocolate milk.”
Snacks aside, Gianna and her family were at the West Wing for a crucial meeting with Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, as well as congressional leaders in Washington, D.C., to further negotiate a police reform bill.
“We’re just thankful for what’s going on and we just want the George Floyd Policing Act to be passed,” Philonise Floyd told reporters at the White House, according to NPR
. He added: “If you can make federal laws to protect … the bald eagle, you can make federal laws to protect people of color.”
Biden shared that he hoped Congress would have already passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act by this point, but also told reporters that he had spoken with congressional negotiators and was hopeful that there would be an agreement “sometime after Memorial Day.”
It’s said that the biggest stumbling block in getting the law passed is the differences over “whether the measure should contain provisions making it easier to sue police officers over allegations of brutality.”
Passing this bill is so important because it would mean an end to qualified immunity for law enforcement officers, which makes the officers accountable for their actions. It’s plain to see that if the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act had been passed months ago, a bunch of lives could have been saved.
It’s small comfort, but we do love seeing evidence of Gianna being a typical 7-year-old in these photos from a very important day.