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Biden's long, twisting road toward managing the George Floyd verdict

Published on April 21, 2021 4:22 AM
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STORY BY BENJAMIN DIN, CHRISTOPHER CADELAGO AND SAM STEIN

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Biden finds himself leading a nation going through an historic argument on issues of police violence Chauvin trial verdict and reactions

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WASHINGTON DC - President Joe Biden renewed his calls Tuesday for action to address racial discrimination in policing and the criminal justice system, in response to the guilty verdict of the former police officer who killed George Floyd in Minneapolis last May.

"Nothing can ever bring their brother, their father back," Biden said after speaking with Floyd's family. "But this can be a giant step forward in the march toward justice in America."

His remarks were in response to the guilty verdict delivered by the jury late Tuesday afternoon in the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer who killed Floyd. But they were born from decades of experience navigating the tumultuous fallout of verdicts that almost always go in the other direction.

Indeed, racial tensions — mainly, the riots that ripped apart his adopted hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, following the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. — were instrumental, Biden said, in shaping his understanding of racial inequalities, law enforcement, and the value of public service.

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