Joe Biden says George Floyd’s death had a wider impact than the death of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968.
Floyd, 46, was killed in police custody in Minneapolis, Minnesota on May 25. His death at the hands of a white policeman sparked widespread protests across the country and in some parts of the world.
Biden, 77, briefly touched on Floyd’s death during a roundtable in Philadelphia on Thursday. He said cellphone video of a cop kneeling on Floyd’s neck inspired people to take to the streets.
“Even Dr. King’s assassination did not have the worldwide impact that George Floyd’s death did,” said the Democratic nominee for president. “It’s just like television changed the Civil Rights movement for the better when they saw Bull Connor and his dogs ripping the clothes off of elderly black women going to church and firehoses ripping the skin off of young kids.
“What happened to George Floyd — now you got how many people around the country, millions of cellphones. It’s changed the way everybody’s looking at this. Look at the millions of people marching around the world.”