"We are a country with an open wound. And none of us can turn away. None of us can be silent. None of us can any longer, can we hear the words 'I can't breath' and do nothing," Biden said, speaking from his home in Delaware.
"The original sin of this country still stains our nation today, and sometimes we manage to overlook it," Biden said.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz, a Democrat, said Friday at a news conference that he expects "swift" justice for the officers involved.
Protests have raged in Minneapolis for days, with public demonstrations taking place across the country. More than 500 Minnesota National Guard personnel were mobilized to several locations in the Minneapolis area as protesters have looted businesses and late Thursday night set a police precinct on fire.
Trump called the protesters "THUGS" in a tweet early Friday morning and wrote, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." Trump's tweet was flagged by Twitter for "glorifying violence" and was affixed a warning label, marking the first time such action has been taken against Trump's Twitter account.
Biden said in his address, "This is no time for incendiary tweets. It's no time to encourage violence. This is a national crisis, and we need real leadership right now."
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