17 min agoPolicing bill will be named after George Floyd, family attorney saysFrom CNN’s Jessica Dean
Attorney Benjamin Crump Greg Nash-Pool/Getty ImagesBenjamin Crump, the attorney of George Floyd’s family, said GOP Sen. Tim Scott told him any policing overhaul bill will be named the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act.
Crump and the Floyd family spoke with reporters following their meeting with Democratic Sen. Cory Booker.
“If we can get meaningful legislation that prevents those killings, then we think it would not only be historic, it would be the right thing to do,” Crump said of the ongoing negotiations to pass a bipartisan bill overhauling policing. When asked earlier by reporters if they’re optimistic about a police reform deal getting done, Crump gave them a thumbs up.
35 min agoTeen who filmed Floyd’s final moments: “A part of my childhood was taken from me”From CNN’s Omar Jimenez and Keith Allen
Darnella Frazier, the teenager who was on her way to a Minneapolis store to buy snacks with her young cousin last May 25 when she recorded the clearest video of former police officer Derek Chauvin pressing his knee into George Floyd’s neck for over nine minutes, released a statement on Tuesday to mark the one-year anniversary of Floyd’s death.
“A year ago, today I witnessed a murder. The victim’s name was George Floyd. Although this wasn’t the first time, I’ve seen a Black man get killed at the hands of the police, this is the first time I witnessed it happen in front of me. Right in front of my eyes, a few feet away,” Frazier said in a statement to CNN.
“I didn’t know this man from a can of paint, but I knew his life mattered. I knew that he was in pain. I knew that he was another Black man in danger with no power,” Frazier added. Frazier’s video of Floyd’s final moments was widely credited for helping secure a guilty verdict against Chauvin, and Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz publicly thanked her after the trial.
“Taking that video, I think many folks know, is maybe the only reason that Derek Chauvin will go to prison,” Walz said last month.
“A lot of people call me a hero even though I don’t see myself as one. I was just in the right place at the right time,” Frazier said Tuesday.
“Behind this smile, behind these awards, behind the publicity, I’m a girl trying to heal from something I am reminded of every day. Everyone talks about the girl who recorded George Floyd‘s death, but to actually be her is a different story,” Frazier added.
Frazier, now 18, said her life was forever changed by that moment, and she spoke about the challenges she and her family have faced in the year since she witnessed Floyd’s death, adding that she’s suffered from sleeplessness, anxiety and panic attacks in the aftermath.
“A part of my childhood was taken from me. My 9-year-old cousin who witnessed the same thing I did got a part of her childhood taken from her. Having to up and leave because my home was no longer safe, waking up to reporters at my door, closing my eyes at night only to see a man who is brown like me, lifeless on the ground. I couldn’t sleep properly for weeks,” Frazier said.“I used to shake so bad at night my mom had to rock me to sleep. Hopping from hotel to hotel because we didn’t have a home and looking over our back every day in the process,” the statement read.
38 min agoThe sports world reacts one year after the killing of George FloydFrom CNN’s Elise Hammond
As the sports world came together to pay their respects to George Floyd after his death in Minnesota a year ago, many organizations are also speaking out on the anniversary of his killing on Tuesday.
Floyd’s death sparked nationwide protests, with many prominent athletes and teams participating in advocacy and demonstrations.
The Women’s National Basketball Players Association released a statement on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act – a bill that would do things like set up a national registry of police misconduct, ban chokeholds and no-knock warrants and make it easier to prosecute officers for wrongdoing, among other things.
The WNBPA said in a statement it remains hopeful and that the measure is an “important first step for comprehensive policing reform.”
“Excessive force used against communities of color is past crisis-level. Excessive force used against communities of color demands action by Congress,” the statement said.
The National Basketball Players Association tweeted, “How many more need to be killed before Congress takes action?” It urged people
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