Biden will 'call for calm' after Chauvin verdict: WH

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Tuesday he was praying for the "right verdict" in the murder trial of the police officer accused of killing George Floyd, as the jury met for a second day of deliberations.

Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was charged with murder and manslaughter after kneeling on the neck of a dying Floyd during an arrest last May.

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JEN PSAKI: Well, I think, one, the president, as I've noted a little bit in response to some earlier questions, is certainly was touched by impacted, by his conversation with the Floyd family yesterday. He met with them last year. It's a family he feels he knows a little bit, and he's somebody who has been through a trauma and loss himself. And so if you put all the politics aside and everything else, that's something that is an immediate unfortunate bond between people who have lost family members.

He also understands this is an extremely painful moment for many people in this country, who are exhausted, who are tired of seeing one person after another lose their life at the hands of law enforcement. He's aware of that and the need for reform. So I would say I'm not going to get ahead of what the outcome is or what the verdict is.

And I would expect you'll hear some comment from the president. I don't know what format that will look like. We'll have to see what the verdict is, once it is concluded, the jury has made their decision, and that is concluded, and we'll see what his role is moving forward. He'll continue to call for calm.