Jordyn Woods and Karl-Anthony Towns were present at the White House on Wednesday — the second anniversary of George Floyd's murder — as President Joe Biden signed into law the Police Reform Bill.
"The executive order promotes accountability," Biden said of the momentous order. "It creates a new national law-enforcement accountability database to track records of misconduct so that an officer can't hide the misconduct. It mandates all federal agents wear and activate body cameras while on patrol." He explained that the order also bans chokeholds, restricts no-knock warrants, tightens use-of-force policies, and implements new regulations for recruiting and retraining law enforcement with public safety at the top of mind.
"This is just the start of different initiatives we are working on behind the scenes to help make this world a better place for our peers and for our youth."
On Thursday, Woods and Towns shared photos from the event, including a picture of themselves walking through the White House corridors. "Walking In Power," Towns captioned an Instagram post, adding a raised-fist emoji. "For those of you wondering why we were at the White House, @karltowns, my other half, does countless things for social justice and has done a lot in his community especially where he plays basketball (Minnesota), where the George Floyd incident took place," Woods captioned photos on her own Instagram account. "This is just the start of different initiatives we are working on behind the scenes to help make this world a better place for our peers and for our youth."
Woods also shared photos of herself and Towns standing with Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, George Floyd's 8-year-old daughter, Gianna Floyd, Floyd's brothers, and Breonna Taylor's mother. "Today was an honor being able to witness a step in the right direction towards police reform in our country. As well as the 2-year remembrance of George Floyd," Woods wrote. "Pictured are some of the beautiful women I got to meet today, @kamalaharris @vp, Breonna Taylor's mother @tamikalpalmer, and George Floyd's beautiful daughter and sisters. This is a day I'll never forget. ❤️ Their strength can inspire us all."
According to Reuters, Biden explained that he did not sign the Police Reform Bill earlier because he'd hoped Congress would pass a bill named after Floyd — the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. The bill was met with strong Republican opposition in September and did not make it past the Senate floor. Towns and Woods's trip to the White House comes just days after Biden publicly addressed the mass shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX, on May 24, which took the lives of 21 victims.
Ahead, see glimpses of the couple's day at the White House.