Joe Biden to attend George Floyd's funeral in Houston, family attorney says

1 year 7 months 3 weeks ago Wednesday, June 03 2020 Jun 3, 2020 June 03, 2020 6:25 AM June 03, 2020 in News - Local
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By: by Mitchell Ferman and Patrick Svitek, The Texas Tribune
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden spoke to a supporters in Dallas the night before Super Tuesday. (Photo credit: Cooper Neill for The Texas Tribune.)

HOUSTON — Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden plans to attend the funeral for George Floyd in Houston next week, Floyd’s family attorney Ben Crump said Tuesday in an interview posted on Facebook.

Crump announced memorial services for Floyd in Minneapolis on Thursday, North Carolina on Saturday and Houston on Monday.

"We understand Vice President Biden will be in attendance," he said of the Monday funeral services.

Floyd was a black security guard originally from Houston who was killed in Minneapolis last week after a white police officer kneeled on his neck until he lost consciousness.

On Tuesday, 60,000 people, including Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, U.S. Reps. Sheila Jackson Lee and Al Green, and prominent music artists Bun B and Trae the Truth marched through Houston in “Justice 4 George Floyd.”

Biden, the former vice president, has spoken out multiple times about Floyd's death in recent days, including in a speech Tuesday morning that called the tragedy a "wake-up call for our nation." Speaking from Philadelphia, Biden drew attention to systemic racism in America and called on Congress to act swiftly on "real police reform."

Biden spoke on the phone last week with Floyd's family, as did President Donald Trump.

Biden's campaign declined comment.

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