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Joe Biden says he has spoken with the family of George Floyd, calling for justice

BY The Canadian Press, May 29, 2020 3:44 PM - REPORT AN ERRORLAST UPDATED ON May 29, 2020 10:45 PM

FILE - In this March 7, 2020, file photo, Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden acknowledges the crowd during a campaign rally in Kansas City, Mo. Biden has won the presidential primary in Hawaii. The results were announced Saturday, May 23, 2020. The party-run primary was delayed by more than a month because of the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden says he has spoken with the family of George Floyd and is calling for justice.

Biden's comments came as a Minnesota prosecutor announced charges against a police officer seen kneeling on Floyd's neck.

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman says Derek Chauvin is charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter in the restraint death of Floyd.

In a brief online appearance Friday, the former vice-president blamed systemic racism, which he called ``an open wound'' on American society, for Floyd's death.

He says it's time for deep and lasting police reform. Biden also took an indirect swipe at President Donald Trump without naming him, saying it was, ``No time for incendiary tweets. No time to incite violence.''

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