Joe Biden visits the site of police brutality protest in Delaware as he calls for an end to riots1 juin 2020
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden toured the site of one of the protests in his home state of Delaware on Sunday while calling for protesters against police brutality not to turn to violence.
Biden, wearing a face mask, made his second appearance outside his Delaware home since the coronavirus crisis hit in March, visiting an area in Wilmington where demonstrators vented outrage at the death of a black man shown on video gasping for breath as a white Minneapolis policeman knelt on his neck.
During Sunday’s walkabout, one man in a Delaware State University T-shirt can be heard saying in the video, ‘You gotta get that crazy guy out of office, Biden,’ referring to President Trump. ‘Save us, save us. Please, save us,’ he begs.
Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden visits a site of the protest over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, in Wilmington, Delaware
The Democratic candidate shared a photo of himself in Wilmington, Delaware where he said there had been protests the night before
It’s only the second time since lockdown rules were brought in that Biden has been seen out and about
A campaign post on Instagram showed Biden speaking with African American residents and inspecting buildings boarded up to prevent damage hours after he issued a statement that ‘we are a nation in pain, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us.’
‘The only way to bear this pain is to turn all that anguish to purpose. And as President, I will help lead this conversation — and more importantly, I will listen, just as I did today visiting the site of last night’s protests in Wilmington,’ Biden wrote on Instagram.
Biden demanded demonstrators stop ‘burning down communities’ in the midst of their protesting.
‘Protesting such brutality is right and necessary,’ Biden said in a statement emailed shortly after midnight. ‘But burning down communities and needless destruction is not.
‘The act of protesting should never be allowed to overshadow the reason we protest. It should not drive people away from the just cause that protest is meant to advance,’ Biden urged.
Officers with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office line to confront protestors in downtown Wilmington, North Carolina during a demonstration over the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis
Officers with the Wilmington Police Department take a knee after protestors chanted to ‘Take a knee for George’ in downtown Wilmington on Sunday
Officers with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office and the Wilmington Police Department line up after firing tear gas while confronting protestors in downtown Wilmington
Biden’s remarks echoed a statement on Saturday by prominent black civil rights activist and U.S. Representative John Lewis of Georgia.
Lewis, who in 1965 was beaten unconscious by Alabama state troopers during a march for voting rights, called for protesters to ‘be constructive, not destructive,’ though he said he knows their pain.
Biden will face President Donald Trump in the November 3 presidential election.
Trump’s re-election campaign manager, Brad Parscale, had said on Saturday that Biden should deliver a more forceful condemnation of violence.
Earlier on Sunday it was revealed Biden campaign staffers were funding bail money to protesters who were arrested in the midst of the riots of the last few days.
Presumed Democratic nominee Joe Biden called on Sunday for an end to the violent riots that broke out in the wake of the killing of a black man, George Floyd, by a white police officer
Biden’s comments also come as it was confirmed that at least 13 of his campaign staffers donated to a fund that helps pay bail for those arrested in Minneapolis – where the riots originated
The riots broke out after video emerged of a black man, George Floyd (pictured), being killed during an arrest after a white police officer held his knee on his neck for eight minutes in Minneapolis, Minnesota
Minneapolis wasn’t the only city where rioters took to the streets. Here a protester stands in front of a street fire in Los Angeles on Saturday
The former vice president is responding to the riots that broke out in Minneapolis after video emerged of four police officers holding down a black man, George Floyd, until he died from suffocation.
Derek Chauvin, a white cop, can be seen in the video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for over eight minutes as he repeatedly says he can’t breathe.
The 44-year-old police officer was fired after the video emerged and was taken into custody on Friday following days of protests calling for his arrest – and the victim’s family continues to call for a more serious charge than third-degree murder.
Biden’s comments calling for an end to the violence, which has broken out all over the country, comes as it was revealed that at least 13 of his campaign staff have donated to the Minnesota Freedom Fund, which helps pay the bail fees of those arrested in the city.
Reuters confirmed that 13 of the candidate’s staff advertised their donations on Twitter.
In their Twitter posts, Biden’s staff called attention to U.S. inequities based on race and income.
‘It is up to everyone to fight injustice,’ Colleen May, who identified herself as an campaign organizer for Biden in South Carolina, Wisconsin and Florida, said in a Twitter post.
She included an image of her receipt from donating $50 to the Minnesota Freedom Fund.
The fund specifically opposes the practice of cash bail, or making people pay to avoid pre-trial imprisonment, and uses donations to pay bail fees in Minneapolis.
This has translated most recently to the donations paying the bail fees in the largest Minnesota city after its police jailed people rioting in the streets over the killing of Floyd.
It is unclear how many people have been jailed after four nights of protests, but Minnesota Governor Tim Walz said on Saturday that many of those arrested have been from out of state.
Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates affirmed that the former vice president opposes the institution of cash bail as a ‘modern day debtors prison,’ but he declined to answer questions on whether the donations were coordinated within the campaign, underscoring the politically thorny nature of the sometimes violent protests.
Bates instead pointed to Biden’s comments that protesters have the right to be angry but that more violence won’t solve justice problems.
In his statement, Biden sympathized with those experiencing loss and economic hardship in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and in the black community – even seeming to point to his own experience with loss.
‘I know that a grief that dark and deep may at times feel too heavy to bear,’ Biden wrote. ‘I know.’
Biden lost his first wife Neilia and their one-year-old daughter Naomi in a car accident in 1972 – just one week after winning his Senate election. In 2015, he lost his 46-year-old son Beau to brain cancer.
‘We are a nation in pain, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us,’ Biden continued in his statement. ‘We are a nation enraged, but we cannot allow our rage to consume us. We are a nation exhausted, but we will not allow our exhaustion to defeat us.’
President Donald Trump has threatened to respond to the ‘thugs’ with deadly force, but has also expressed sympathy over Floyd’s death
President Donald Trump, who has previously described himself as a ‘law and order’ president, criticized violent protesters on Friday as ‘thugs’ and threatened to respond with deadly force.
The president has also, on the other hand, expressed sympathy over Floyd’s death.
Minnesota could be critical in determining the winner of the Nov. 3 presidential election.
The Democratic candidate in the 2016 election, Hillary Clinton, narrowly won the state by a 1.5 percentage point margin. Trump hopes to win the state this year and held a large rally in Minneapolis in October.
Trump has struggled to attract African American voters, with only 8% of African Americans voting for him in 2016, according to a Reuters/Ipsos Election Day poll. However, a nationwide decline in black voter turnout in 2016 was widely seen as contributing to Trump’s victory.
READ JOE BIDEN’S STATEMENT: WE ARE A NATION FURIOUS AT INJUSTICE.
These last few days have laid bare that we are a nation furious at injustice. Every person of conscience can understand the rawness of the trauma people of color experience in this country, from the daily indignities to the extreme violence, like the horrific killing of George Floyd.
Protesting such brutality is right and necessary. It’s an utterly American response. But burning down communities and needless destruction is not. Violence that endangers lives is not. Violence that guts and shutters businesses that serve the community is not.
The act of protesting should never be allowed to overshadow the reason we protest. It should not drive people away from the just cause that protest is meant to advance.
I know that there are people all across this country who are suffering tonight. Suffering the loss of a loved one to intolerable circumstances, like the Floyd family, or to the virus that is still gripping our nation. Suffering economic hardships, whether due to COVID-19 or entrenched inequalities in our system. And I know that a grief that dark and deep may at times feel too heavy to bear.
And I also know that the only way to bear it is to turn all that anguish to purpose. So tonight, I ask all of America to join me — not in denying our pain or covering it over — but using it to compel our nation across this turbulent threshold into the next phase of progress, inclusion, and opportunity for our great democracy.
We are a nation in pain, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us. We are a nation enraged, but we cannot allow our rage to consume us. We are a nation exhausted, but we will not allow our exhaustion to defeat us.
As President, I will help lead this conversation — and more importantly, I will listen. I will keep the commitment I made to George’s brother, Philonise, that George will not just be a hashtag. We must and will get to a place where everyone, regardless of race, believes that “to protect and serve” means to protect and serve them. Only by standing together will we rise stronger than before. More equal, more just, more hopeful — and that much closer to our more perfect union.
Please stay safe. Please take care of each other.