Members of the Congressional Black Caucus left a meeting Thursday with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris with an agreement on how to address the issue of policing in America after the recent killing of Tyre Nichols.
President Joe Biden said that he hopes the death of Tyre Nichols prompts action on Capitol Hill to advance police reform as he met with members of the Congressional Black Caucus at the White House.
Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris hosted members of the group in the Oval Office as they try to revive an effort to pass police reform legislation.
Harris attended the funeral Wednesday for Nichols, who was fatally beaten by police in Memphis, Tennessee, last month.
“We have agreement on how we will continue to work forward both from a legislative standpoint as well as executive and community-based solutions, but the focus will always be on public safety,”
Rep. Steven Horsford of Nevada, the chairman of the Black Caucus
Also at the White House were Sens. Raphael Warnock of Georgia and Cory Booker of New Jersey — two of the three Black senators — and Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas, Jim Clyburn of South Carolina and Joe Neguse of Colorado.
The group of Black lawmakers did not disclose details about the agreement made in the room but said there will be more information about the “legislative package” in the days ahead.
Speaking to reporters before the closed-door meeting, Biden said he hopes what happened “spurs some action that we’ve all been fighting for.”
“I listened to Al Sharpton’s eulogy, which I thought was first-rate,” Biden said about Nichols’ funeral.”And we got to stay at it, as long as it takes.”