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2:14 p.m. ET, June 9, 2020

Biden: "We cannot leave this moment thinking we can again turn away from racism"

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks over video at George Floyd's funeral at The Fountain of Praise church in Houston on June 9.
Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks over video at George Floyd's funeral at The Fountain of Praise church in Houston on June 9. Pool

Former Vice President Joe Biden, speaking via video at George Floyd's funeral, said that right now, the US cannot "again turn away from racism that stings at our very soul."

Biden said that when there is justice for Floyd, the US will be on its way to racial justice.

"We can't turn away. We must not turn away. We cannot leave this moment thinking we can again turn away from racism that stings at our very soul, from systematic abuse that still plagues American life," Biden said.

Biden specially mentioned Floyd's 6-year-old daughter, Gianna.

"I know you have a lot of questions, honey. No child should have to ask questions that too many black children have had to ask for generations. Why? Why's daddy gone?" he said.

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1:30 p.m. ET, June 9, 2020

When Floyd called for his mama, "all mamas began to wail," pastor says

From CNN's Gregory Lemos

The Rev. Dr. Mary White prays during the private funeral for George Floyd at The Fountain of Praise church on June 9 in Houston.
The Rev. Dr. Mary White prays during the private funeral for George Floyd at The Fountain of Praise church on June 9 in Houston. Godofredo A. Vásquez/Pool/Getty Images

Reverend Dr. Mary White referenced George Floyd’s cry for his mother as he struggled under the knee of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin as she offered a prayer of comfort during Tuesday’s private memorial.

 “We thank you for the life of George Floyd, oh God. That at a moment he called out for his mama, we believe that the ears of mamas across this nation reared up. That the ears of mamas across this world heard him cry even though for one mama, all mamas began to wail. We began to wail for our children. We began to wail for our grandchildren. We wail for men across this world because of one mama’s call,” Rev. White of The Fountain of Praise church said Tuesday during the service.
1:25 p.m. ET, June 9, 2020

Pastor on George Floyd's funeral: "This is a moment of connectivity"

Fountain of Praise Pastor Mia K. Wright, left, and Senior Pastor Dr. Remus E. Wright speak at George Floyd's funeral at The Fountain of Praise church in Houston on June 9.
Fountain of Praise Pastor Mia K. Wright, left, and Senior Pastor Dr. Remus E. Wright speak at George Floyd's funeral at The Fountain of Praise church in Houston on June 9. Pool

Fountain of Praise Pastor Mia K. Wright opened the funeral service for George Floyd, calling it a “homegoing celebration” and “a moment of connectivity” around the life of Floyd. 

“This is a moment of connectivity. This is a moment by which God has gathered people all around the world to connect us around the life of the brother George Perry Floyd,” Wright said. 

“In the tradition of the African American church, this will be a homegoing celebration," she said.

Wright called on those gathering to celebrate Floyd's life.

Yesterday’s public visitation was also held at the same church, where thousands of mourners paid their respects to Floyd. 

1:05 p.m. ET, June 9, 2020

Here's who will speak at George Floyd's funeral today

Mourners gather at a funeral for George Floyd in Houston at The Fountain of Praise Church on June 9.
Mourners gather at a funeral for George Floyd in Houston at The Fountain of Praise Church on June 9. Pool

A funeral for George Floyd is underway in Houston at The Fountain of Praise Church.

According to a program for the service, four dignitaries are expected to give remarks:

  • Joe Biden, former Vice President of the United States
  • Rep. Al Green
  • Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee
  • Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner

There will be family expressions from Kathleen McGee, Brady Bob and Travis Cains and ministerial remarks from Rev. William “Bill” Lawson, Steve Wells and Ralph Douglas West, Sr.

Rev. Al Sharpton will deliver the eulogy.

12:42 p.m. ET, June 9, 2020

House majority leader says Democrats eyeing vote on policing reform in two weeks

From CNN's Haley Byrd

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Democrat from Maryland, speaks while participating in a signing ceremony in the U.S. Capitol in Washington on April 23.
House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, a Democrat from Maryland, speaks while participating in a signing ceremony in the U.S. Capitol in Washington on April 23. Sarah Silbiger/Bloomberg/Getty Images

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Tuesday that Democrats are aiming to bring their policing reform package to the House floor for a vote during the week of June 22.

The target date is a week sooner than the US House of Representatives had previously planned to return. 

Hoyer also said during his press briefing that Republicans will have “full opportunity to engage” with crafting the legislation in an upcoming markup hearing. Congressional Democrats introduced the measure Monday with no GOP cosponsors.

Hoyer argued Democrats aren’t “rushing this to the floor” and suggested amendments and bipartisan agreements could be added to the legislation in the coming days. It’s “premature” to say the package won’t be bipartisan, he said. 

Republicans are planning to introduce their own policing plan, led by Rep. Jim Jordan, a source familiar tells CNN. Jordan, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, is working with Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s office, GOP Whip Steve Scalise, and other members in the conference to write the legislation. The source said the bill is “in the very early stages” and members are “considering all options.”

Asked if Democrats could attempt to pass a combination of their policing legislation and their $3 trillion coronavirus stimulus bill, Hoyer said he supposes it’s “possible,” but he would prefer to keep them separate.

12:19 p.m. ET, June 9, 2020

George Floyd's family arrives at church ahead of his funeral

George Floyd's family is arriving The Fountain of Praise Church in Houston ahead of his funeral. They're dressed in white as they enter the church.

Rev. Al Sharpton is expected to give a eulogy at today's service.

After the service, Floyd's body will be escorted by the Houston Police Department into Pearland's Houston Memorial Gardens, according to the city of Pearland. His body will travel the last mile of the procession in a horse-drawn carriage, the city said.

1:27 p.m. ET, June 9, 2020

Houston police chief calls for national laws and standards for policing in the US

From CNN's Sara Sidner and Gregory Lemos 

Art Acevedo, Houston police chief of Houston speaks in front of the Fountain of Praise church during the funeral for George Floyd on June 9 in Houston.
Art Acevedo, Houston police chief of Houston speaks in front of the Fountain of Praise church during the funeral for George Floyd on June 9 in Houston. Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images

Standing outside Tuesday's funeral for George Floyd, Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo said the problem with modern policing is "the human condition" and called for national laws and standards around policing in the United States. 

"We have 18,000 police departments with 18,000 ways of doing business and 18,000 sets of policies and it's time for our country to realize and the Congress that when it comes to the critical policies, in terms of use of force and things of that nature, that we have to have a national standards, national standard in terms of policy, law, and training requirements," Acevedo told CNN Monday.  

Acevedo said what happened to Floyd was "without a doubt criminal" and "not consistent with the expectations of the modern 21st century police officers." 

"There's still too many incidents where bad policing is tolerated so we just need to say no," he said.  

Acevedo also said he believed this was a "watershed moment" for his city and for the nation.  

"Even though George Floyd was taken really from the Floyd family here in the city of Houston, we've all come together once again Houston-strong, showing that when we work together and we work in a manner and in a spirit that is constructive not destructive that we can change the world," he said. 

 

12:10 p.m. ET, June 9, 2020

SOON: George Floyd's funeral will begin in Houston

Frim CNN's Amir Vera

Pallbearers bring the coffin into The Fountain of Praise church in Houston for the funeral for George Floyd on Tuesda June 9, 2020. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis Police officers on May 25.
Pallbearers bring the coffin into The Fountain of Praise church in Houston for the funeral for George Floyd on Tuesda June 9, 2020. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis Police officers on May 25. Godofredo A. Vásquez/Houston Chronicle/Pool/AP

Family and close friends of George Floyd are gathering in Houston right now for his funeral, two weeks after he was killed while in Minneapolis police custody.

The private funeral in Houston, where Floyd grew up, will take place at The Fountain of Praise Church at 11 a.m. local time, or noon ET.

The service will also be live-streamed, according to La'Torria Lemon, with the Fort Bend Memorial Planning Center, the funeral home where Floyd's visitation took place Monday.

The hearse carrying Floyd's golden casket arrived this morning at the church. The casket was carried into the church by six men wearing masks as a row of police officers stood at attention.

After the service, Floyd's body will be escorted by the Houston Police Department into Pearland's Houston Memorial Gardens, according to the city of Pearland. His body will travel the last mile of the procession in a horse-drawn carriage, the city said.

11:54 a.m. ET, June 9, 2020

Cuomo says Trump should apologize for questioning if shoved Buffalo protester was "a set up"

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference in Valhalla, New York, on June 9.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference in Valhalla, New York, on June 9. State of New York

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said President Trump should apologize for his suggestion that a 75-year-old Buffalo protester who was pushed by two officers was "a set up."

"How reckless, how irresponsible, how mean, how crude," Cuomo said. "He should apologize for that tweet."

What Trump said: This morning, Trump tweeted about the incident questioning whether it was a “set up.” The President claimed in his tweet that the man, Martin Gugino, “fell harder than he was pushed.”

Video of the demonstration Thursday showed a row of officers walking toward the man and two pushing him. His head bled onto the sidewalk as officers walked past him, some looking down at him. Gugino is still hospitalized, but out of the ICU, his lawyer said.

Today, Cuomo called Trump's suggestions "reprehensible" and "dumb."

"You think the blood coming out of his head was staged?" Cuomo asked. "You saw his head hit the pavement, you see blood on the pavement."