Biden says he had a conversation with George Floyd's family

Biden says he had a conversation with George Floyd's family
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenRon Johnson signals some GOP senators concerned about his Obama-era probes On The Money: Pelosi, Mnuchin talk but make no progress on ending stalemate | Trump grabs 'third rail' of politics with payroll tax pause | Trump uses racist tropes to pitch fair housing repeal to 'suburban housewife' Biden commemorates anniversary of Charlottesville 'Unite the Right' rally: 'We are in a battle for the soul of our nation' MORE (D) revealed in an address to supporters on Friday that he spoke with the family of George Floyd, the Minneapolis African American man killed during a police arrest.

The former vice president referred to them as a "close, decent, honorable family."

"We need justice for George Floyd," Biden said in the live-streamed address Friday. 


"We need real police reform, to hold cops to a higher standard that so many of them actually meet, that holds bad cops accountable and repairs relationships between law enforcement and the community they're sworn to protect," he said.

Floyd, 46, died earlier this week in the Minnesota city after a police officer knelt on his neck for eight minutes during an arrest. Floyd can be heard saying "I can't breathe" in a video of the incident. 

"Once again, the words 'I can't breathe.' An act of brutality so elemental, it did more than deny one more black man in America his civil rights and his human rights. It denied his very humanity. It denied him of his life," Biden said. 

Protests over Floyd's death rocked Minneapolis and the nation for the third day in a row on Thursday. 

Demonstrators burned a police precinct to the ground Thursday as thousands marched through Minneapolis calling for the officers involved in Floyd's death to be charged with murder.


On Friday, local authorities announced that Derek Chauvin, the officer that can be seen kneeling on Floyd's neck in the footage captured, was charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter. 

Trump slammed the unrest in a tweet on Friday morning. 

“I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right,” Trump said. 
“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim WalzTim WalzOmar seeks to fend off late surge from primary challenger Republican lawmakers say Minnesota mask order violates state law against hiding identity Minnesota GOP official who posted image linking mask wearing to Nazi Germany resigns MORE and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!” Trump said in a second tweet 
Biden responded to Trump's tweets, accusing him of calling for violence. 
"I will not lift the President’s tweet. I will not give him that amplification. But he is calling for violence against American citizens during a moment of pain for so many. I’m furious, and you should be too," Biden tweeted. 
The White House said that Trump's tweet was meant to condemn violence.