At the same time, he called it “right and necessary” to speak out against police brutality.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is likely to become the Democratic presidential candidate, on Sunday, urged demonstrators protesting police brutality not to turn to violence. His call came amid riots that broke out in a number of us cities.
Biden issued a statement shortly after midnight as demonstrators in several major American cities expressed outrage over the death of a black Minneapolis man, George Floyd, who, as the video shows, suffocated when a white police officer pressed a knee to his neck.
“It is right and necessary to speak out against such cruelty. What can’t be said about arson in cities and unnecessary destruction,” Biden said in an emailed statement.
“We are a country in pain, but we must not let this pain destroy us,” he added.
Biden will be President Donald Trump’s opponent in the November 3 presidential election. Trump campaign Manager Brad Parscale said Saturday that Biden should more strongly condemn the violence.
The words of Biden resonate with the Saturday statement of the prominent black civil rights activist Congressman John Lewis.
Lewis, who in 1965 was beaten by Alabama police officers during a March for voting rights, urged protesters to “be constructive, not destructive,” stressing that he understands their pain.