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Biden appeals for policing legislation after meeting with family of George Floyd

President Biden speaks while visiting the Federal Emergency Management Agency headquarters in Washington on Monday. (Oliver Contreras/Bloomberg News)

President Biden issued a plea for policing legislation Tuesday after meeting privately at the White House with family members of George Floyd on the first anniversary of his death in the custody of Minneapolis police. The meeting came as negotiations continue in Congress on a bill bearing Floyd’s name.

“We have to act. We face an inflection point,” the president said in a statement. “The battle for the soul of America has been a constant push and pull between the American ideal that we’re all created equal and the harsh reality that racism has long torn us apart. At our best, the American ideal wins out. It must again.”

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