April 21, 2021
President Joe Biden said on Tuesday, April 20, that he’s praying for the “right verdict” in the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin as the jury continued to deliberate, NBC News reported .
“I’m praying the verdict is the right verdict, which I think it’s overwhelming in my view,” said Biden, suggesting that he was in favor of Chauvin being convicted in some form.
Biden, who spoke briefly to reporters in the Oval Office, added that he wouldn’t have made such a comment if the jury had not been sequestered—implying that he would have withheld his thoughts, if he thought the jury members were able to hear them. Jurors were sequestered after closing arguments Monday.
The president confirmed that he spoke with Floyd’s family by phone and said that he “wanted to know how they’re doing personally [and] talked about personal things.”
Referring to the president, Philonise Floyd said, “He knows how it is to lose a family member, and he knows the process of what we’re going through. So he was just letting us know that he was praying for us, hoping that everything will come out to be OK.”
“I wasn’t going to say anything about it,” Biden said about the phone conversation, “But Philonise said today on television, it was a private conversation because Joe understands what it’s like to go through loss. They’re a good family, and they’re calling for peace and tranquility no matter what that verdict is.”
After closing arguments were delivered by the prosecution and defense teams Monday, Philonise Floyd said he’s “optimistic” about the outcome of the trial against Chauvin.
“Me and my family, we pray about it every day,” Floyd said. “I just feel that in America, if a Black man can’t get justice for this, what can a Black man get justice for?”
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