This Tuesday, Joe Biden referred to Derek Chauvin’s trial, the officer accused of killing George Floyd, claiming that he expects a “right verdict” and took the opportunity to state that, in his opinion, the evidence against Chauvin is overwhelming.
“I am praying for the right verdict. The evidence is overwhelming in my view,” Biden told reporters in the Oval Office.
The case reached closing arguments Tuesday on Derek Chauvin’s trial. The officer is accused of choking George Floyd to death in May 2020. Jury deliberation is now awaited.
The National Guard and other law enforcement agencies are protecting the streets of Minneapolis as riots are expected, if Derek Chauvin’s trial claims him not guilty.
Protest surrounds Derek Chauvin’s trial
Meanwhile, the White House said it is prepared for possible protests that may be generated after the verdict. Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the president would wait for the jury’s decision before commenting on the case. However, Biden issued his opinion before learning of the verdict.
“This country has gone through a long period, especially for the black community, of pain and exhaustion,” Psaki said.
Last week, Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) told protesters that if Derek Chauvin is found not guilty they should “stay in the streets, be more active and more confrontational.”
Anthony Cabassa will be reporting from Minneapolis for El American through our Instagram account, the details of the final stretch of the Derek Chauvin trial.