Biden called George Floyd's family as nation awaits verdict in Derek Chauvin trial
April 20, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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President Joe Biden called George Floyd's family on Monday as they and the nation await a verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin.
(CNN)President Joe Biden called George Floyd's family on Monday as they and the nation await a verdict in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin.
"President Biden spoke with the family of George Floyd yesterday to check in with them and also share that the family was in his prayers," Psaki tweeted Tuesday morning.
The call from the President came the same day closing arguments were presented in the Chauvin trial.
Biden has been closely monitoring the closing arguments, CNN has reported, fearful that a controversial verdict could inflame racial tensions and further escalate a deepening crisis in confidence with the nation's police forces.
The President voiced his concern about potential fallout from the trial during a private meeting last week with members of the Congressional Black Caucus, people familiar with the session previously told CNN.
Biden called the Floyd family last year shortly after George Floyd's death, and later the then-presidential candidate traveled to Houston to privately meet with the family and offer his condolences.
Chauvin is charged with second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd.
Biden's aides have begun drafting statements for the President to deliver, either in writing or in person, once a verdict is rendered, CNN has reported.