Daily US Times: Fomer Vice President and Democratic US presidential candidate for upcoming election Joe Biden has said the late George Floyd will “change the world”.
He attended a private meeting with Mr Floyd’s family in Houston, Texas, to offer his sympathies. Mr Biden then told CBS news his death was “one of the great inflection points in American history”.
The killing of George Floyd – an African American – at the hands of a white officer has fuelled global protests.
A private funeral service for him will be held in Houston later on Tuesday.
Mr Biden has sharply criticised President Donald Trump, who is standing for re-election as the Republican candidate on 3 November, accusing him at the weekend of making “despicable” speculative remarks about Mr Floyd.
Joe Biden was himself recently accused of taking black American votes for granted when he said African Americans “ain’t black” if they even considered voting for Mr Trump.
What did Biden say about Floyd’s family?
After meeting the family, Mr Biden told CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell: “They’re an incredible family, his little daughter was there, the one who said ‘daddy’s going to change the world’, and I think her daddy is going to change the world.”
“I think what happened here is one of the great inflection points in American history, for real, in terms of civil liberties, civil rights and just treating people with dignity,” he added.
Benjamin Crump, Floyd family spokesman, tweeted a photo of the meeting said Mr Floyd’s relatives welcomed Mr Biden’s comments.
He added: “That compassion meant the world to this grieving family.”
The former vice-president’s aides said he would also record a video message for Tuesday’s service.
In Houston, Texas, where Mr Floyd lived before moving to Minneapolis, mourners formed long lines to view his body, publicly on display for six hours at The Fountain of Praise church.
What is the latest on the George Floyd case?
The former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin is accused of killing George Floyd. He made his first court appearance on Monday, where his bail was set at $1.25m (£1m).
Mr Chauvin kept his knee on Mr Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes – faces charges of second-degree murder and manslaughter. Three other arresting officers – who were also presented at the scene – are charged with aiding and abetting murder.
Prosecutors cited the “severity of the charges” and public outrage as the reason for upping his bail from $1m.