US President Joe Biden Says He Told George Floyd’s Daughter, “Daddy Changed The World”


WASHINGTON: US President Joe Biden recounted a conversation on Tuesday he had with George’s Floyd’s seven-year-old daughter in which he claimed her father’s murder sparked global change.
Biden said he met Gianna Floyd at her father’s funeral in June last year and “told her how brave I thought she was.”
“I knelt down and held her hand, I said ‘Daddy looks at you so proud,” Biden said. “Then she said to me,’ Daddy changed the world. ‘”
Biden said when he spoke with Gianna again on Tuesday after a US jury found Derek Chauvin, a former police officer guilty of murdering African-American Floyd on a street in Minneapolis, he told him: “Dad has changed the world. Let this be his legacy: a legacy of peace, not of violence – of justice. ”
Chauvin was convicted by a federal jury of three counts: second degree murder, third degree murder and manslaughter.
“Now is the time for this country to come together, to unite as Americans. There can never be a haven for hate in America,” he said.
Biden called the Chauvin trial verdict rare but “a giant leap in America’s justice journey.”
“Today the Minnesota jury declared former police officer Derek Chauvin guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd,” Biden said, speaking from the White House.
“It was murder in broad daylight and it ripped off the blinders for the whole world to see, systemic racism, a stain on the soul of our nation, knee on the neck of justice for them. Black Americans, ”the president said.
He also called the guilty verdict in the Chauvin trial an indictment of unjust policing.
“No one should be above the law, and today’s verdict sends that message. But it’s not enough,” Biden said.
Following the guilty verdict, President Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris and First Lady Jill Biden also spoke with Philonise Floyd, younger brother of George Floyd.
“He had just called,” Philonise Floyd said of Monday’s call on NBC’s “TODAY” show. “He knows what it is like to lose a member of his family and he knows the process we are living by. So he was just letting us know that he was praying for us, hoping that all would be okay.”
Meanwhile, Darnella Frazier, the teenager who filmed video of the witness to Floyd’s death and testified at Chauvin’s trial, expressed relief at today’s guilty verdict, CNN reported.
“I just cried so hard. This last hour my heart was beating so fast, I was so anxious,” she said on Facebook.
“THANK YOU GOD THANK YOU THANKS. George Floyd, we did it! Justice has been served,” she wrote.


Kevin E. Boling