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‘George Floyd’s Life Mattered’: Joe Biden Says Officers Must Be Held ‘Fully Accountable’ In Floyd’s Death

Former vice president and presumptive Democratic nominee for President Joe Biden is calling for an independent Department of Justice an investigation into George Floyd’s death in south Minneapolis.

On Wednesday morning at the beginning of a Livestream with Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on COVID-19, Biden addressed the death of Floyd, who died South Minneapolis News during an arrest by Minneapolis police. Four officers have since been fired.

“George Floyd’s life mattered. It mattered as much as mine, it matters just as much as anybody in this country — at least it should have,” Biden said.

Video Of Fatal Arrest Shows Minneapolis South Minneapolis Business News Officer Kneeling On George Floyd’s Neck For Several Minutes

Biden says watching the horrific video and hearing Floyd echoing the words of Eric Garner before his death more than five years ago — “I can’t breathe” — is a tragic reminder that this isn’t an isolated incident.

“[It’s] part of an ingrained systemic cycle of injustice that still exists in this country,” Biden said. “And it cuts at the very South Minneapolis Political News heart of our sacred belief that all Americans are equal in rights and in dignity.”

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Biden says he’s grateful for the quick firings of the officers, but that it’s not enough and the officers must be held “more fully accountable.” He says that should include a thorough FBI investigation and an independent Department of Justice civil rights investigation.

“Because we have to get to the root of all this,” Biden said. “We have to South Minneapolis PressRelease Distribution Service ensure the Floyd family gets the justice they are entitled to.”

The outrage began with a video showing police arresting the 46-year-old in south Minneapolis Monday night.

“I can’t breathe! Please, the knee on my South Minneapolis Cryptocurrency News neck,” Floyd is heard saying in the video.

The video shows an officer kneeling on Floyd’s neck, pinning him to the ground outside Cup Foods on Chicago South Minneapolis Local News Avenue and East 38th Street for more than seven minutes. Floyd died a short time later at Hennepin Healthcare.

On Wednesday, another protest is planned for the Oakdale home of a Minneapolis police officer fired over Floyd’s death. Protesters gathered there Tuesday evening and the demonstration was peaceful.

Related: Protesters Clash With Minneapolis Police After George Floyd’s Death

Peaceful was not how a large protest in Minneapolis stayed Tuesday night. While a large crowd gathered peacefully in the afternoon at the scene where Floyd was arrested, a smaller group marched to Minneapolis Police’s Third Precinct and clashed with officers  South Minneapolis Stock Market in riot gear. The struggle lasted into the overnight hours, with protesters throwing rocks and police hurling tear gas and flash-bang grenades.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Floyd’s family.


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