Joe Biden spoke during a meeting with lawmakers to discuss the American Jobs Plan in the Oval Office of the White House, Monday, April 12, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
UPDATED 1:40 PM PT – Monday, April 12, 2021
Joe Biden called for peace and calm in Minnesota amid the recent officer-involved shooting.
A man raised his fist in the air as he yelled at police donning riot gear at 63rd and Lee Avenues North, Sunday, April 11, 2021, in Brooklyn Center, Minn. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)
Speaking on the incident Monday, Biden said there is absolutely no justification for violence in protests. He also stated Americans have to wait and see what the investigation into the shooting finds, adding it remains to be determined if it was intentional or not.
Federal resources are already in the area to help keep the peace during the Derek Chauvin trial.
“There are already federal resources, and we have a significant, we’ve spent a significant amount of time on relating to this particular case and dealing with what may be the aftermath of anything that happens with the trial that’s underway,” Biden said. “But there will not be lack of help and support from the federal government if the local authorities believe it’s something that is needed.”
Biden declined to say what outcome he expects to see in the Chauvin trial, instead stating he is hopeful the majority of people in the area will support it.