Biden says "We're all so relieved" following verdict in Chauvin trial

from Associated Press reports
Updated: April 20, 2021 06:24 PM
Created: April 20, 2021 12:23 PM

Before the verdict was announced in Minneapolis, President Joe Biden said he was “praying the verdict is the right verdict” in the trial of former Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin. Later he told the family of George Floyd in a phone call, “We're all so relieved.”

Biden told reporters at the White House on Tuesday that he was only weighing in on the trial into the death of George Floyd because the jury in the case had been sequestered. He said he had called Floyd’s family on Monday. Biden had repeatedly denounced Floyd’s death but had previously stopped short of weighing in on the trial itself.

The jury deliberated for 10 hours, over two days.  

Biden confirmed that he called Floyd's family on Monday and said he "can only imagine the pressure and anxiety they're feeling." 

"They're a good family. And they're calling for peace and tranquility no matter what that verdict is. I'm praying the verdict is the right verdict," Biden said.

Biden has repeatedly denounced Floyd's death but had previously stopped short of weighing in on the trial itself.

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