Biden demands justice in George Floyd death

Originals 2020/5/30

Former Vice President Joe Biden on Friday called for justice in the death of a black man in Minneapolis police custody that has inspired days-long, citywide protests.

Violent demonstrations and outrage began after a bystander video surfaced Monday of a police officer kneeling on the neck of 46-year-old George Floyd after his arrest. Although Floyd repeatedly says he’s unable to breathe, the officer does not remove his knee.

In the video, Floyd can be seen being lifted into a gurney. He died several hours later. 

In a short address from his Wilmington, Del., home, Biden said that he had spoken moments before to Floyd’s family. It’s unclear if President Trump had made similar contact.

“Thanks for taking the time to talk to me,” said Biden. “I promise you, I promise you, I’ll do everything in my power to see to it that justice is had.”

Officer Derek Chauvin, who has been fired, was taken into custody and charged with third-degree murder by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension on Friday afternoon, according to local authorities. Three other officers who were fired along with Chauvin have not been arrested.

Floyd’s death is the latest in a lengthy list of black Americans whose deaths, captured on video, were thrust into the national spotlight. In February, 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery was fatally shot after being approached by two white men while on a jog in Georgia. 

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