Rally organized in Austin a year after the death of George Floyd
AUSTIN, Texas – A year after George Floyd’s death, Austin residents marched to the Capitol to honor his life and the lives of others who died at the hands of the police.
“We are asking for justice for the Gonzalez family and we are also asking for justice for the family and friends of Garrett Foster!” said a speaker at the rally.
Police reform efforts have been made, but many believe that more needs to be done to effect change.
“I think we’ve definitely taken action, but I think there’s a long way to go,” protester Ariana said.
A push for change came in the form of the George Floyd Act in Texas. It included several police reforms, but was then broken down into individual bills.
Only a few have been put forward by lawmakers.
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These include prohibiting strangulation and requiring officers to intervene if another officer uses excessive force.
At the federal level, lawmakers are also considering police reform legislation on behalf of George Floyd.
The Floyd family met with President Biden earlier this week.
If you can make federal laws to protect the bird, which is the bald eagle, you can make federal laws to protect people of color, ”said Philonise Floyd, brother of George Floyd.