US President Joe Biden on Monday spoke with the family of African-American George Floyd, who died after being detained by police in Minneapolis. This was announced on Tuesday by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki.
“President Biden spoke with George Floyd’s family to find out [how they are] and to tell them that he prayed for them,” Psaki said in a Twitter post.
The jury on Monday retired for a meeting at the ongoing trial in Minneapolis (Minnesota) in the case of ex-police officer Derek Chauvin, accused of the manslaughter of Floyd.
The trial began on March 8. On May 25, last year, Chauvin used a chokehold to detain Floyd. The African-American man died shortly after. On May 26, Chauvin and three other police officers involved in Floyd’s arrest were fired.
The US National Guard will provide approximately 250 troops to provide security in Washington in connection with the threat of protests after the verdict in the case of Derek Chauvin.