- "Jill and I talked to 'em about — it's hard enough to grieve, but it's much harder to do it in public," Biden told CBS.
- "Listening to one another is what will begin to heal America. That's just what VP Joe Biden did with the family of George Floyd," Crump tweeted.
- Protests continued peacefully, as calls to defund and dismantle the police force increase.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden visited George Floyd’s family, and said that his death will change the world. Biden and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, spent an hour with the family in Houston. The Bidens also met with the Floyd family’s lawyer, Benjamin Crump, and others.
In a tweet, Crump said:
“Listening to one another is what will begin to heal America. That’s just what VP Joe Biden did with the family of George Floyd — for more than an hour. He listened, heard their pain, and shared in their woe. That compassion meant the world to this grieving family.”
“Jill and I talked to ’em about — it’s hard enough to grieve, but it’s much harder to do it in public,” Biden told CBS.
“It’s much harder with the whole world watchin’ you. They’re an incredible family. His little daughter was there, the one who said, ‘Daddy’s gonna change the world.’ And I think her daddy is gonna change the world. I think what’s happened is one of those great inflection points in American history, for real in terms of civil liberty, civil rights, and — and — just treating people with dignity.”
The protests against the brutal death of George Floyd, in the hands of police officers, continued peacefully, as calls to defund and dismantle the police force increase. In Seattle, demonstrators moved peacefully in the streets.
In New York City, small groups of protesters took to the streets in the first week of protests without curfew. However, thousands of the protesters marched through the Upper East Side, and staged a protest at Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the Mayor.
In recent days, many of the protesters have called for an end to police brutality, police reforms, and the disbandment of the police departments. Some of the protesters and activists have rallied for defunding the police force rather than dismantling it.
The protests, which began on May 25, the day Floyd was killed, have since spread across US cities, and has been characterized by a lot of violence. The protesters, who chanted “no justice, no peace,” carried placards that said “He said I can’t breathe. Justice for George.” The protests have since gone global, with a number of countries, like Germany, Australia and the Netherlands, witnessing their own protests.
In a horrifying video, Chauvin pinned Floyd down with his knee as he lay on the ground during an arrest. The video footage was taken by a witness and was sent on social media. It showed Floyd helpless, asking the police not to kill him. Floyd said several times, “I can’t breathe!”
The officer is then heard telling him to relax he continues to pin him down. “My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts,” Floyd cries out. “[I need] water or something. Please. Please. I can’t breathe, officer. . . I cannot breathe. I cannot breathe.” In the footage witnesses are heard pleading with the police to let go the man but their pleas fell on deaf ears.
All four Minneapolis police officers were fired on May 26, following a video on Floyd’s last moments that went viral. Chauvin, who had Floyd pinned down on his knee, faces second degree murder and second degree manslaughter. The other three— Alexander Kueng, Thomas Lane, and Tou Thao— face the charges of aiding and abetting second degree manslaughter with culpable negligence.
Floyd’s case is similar to Eric Garner’s, a black man who was unarmed and was killed in 2014 in New York. Garner was placed in a police chokehold, and pleaded for his life. Garner uttered the same phrase as Floyd: “I can’t breathe.” The police officer involved in Garner’s case was fired after the investigations were completed.