WASHINGTON – Joe Biden on Thursday suggested that the 1919 assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. did not have as global an impact on the police as George Floyd’s recent death.
Speaking at an economic roundtable in Philadelphia, the Democratic nominee said that cellphones had changed the way Americans were able to document police brutality, as they first introduced Americans to the horrors of the 1960s civil rights war.
“Even Dr. King’s assassination did not have the worldwide impact that George Floyd’s death had,” Biden said.
“It has changed the way everyone looks at it,” he said of cellphones.
“What happened to George Floyd – how many people across the country now have a few million cell phones?” “The way everyone looks at it has changed,” he continued.
Biden declared, “Television changed the civil rights movement just like that when they saw Bull Connor and his dogs walking towards the church of older black women and skinning young children and tearing their clothes in the firehouse.”
The death of 46-year-old Floyd at the hands of a white police officer in Minnesota, who had been on his knees for about nine minutes, sparked widespread protests in the United States and around the world.
His death called for police reform and the removal of the Confederate statue, and for civil rights before the 2020 presidential battle, Biden called for police reform, but denied movement within his own party to destroy the police.