US President Donald Trump said on Friday he had spoken to the family of George Floyd, the African American who died when a policeman knelt on his neck and caused unrest during an arrest.
"I spoke to family members, great people," Trump said in the White House.
Trump has been criticized for earlier comments on Twitter calling protesters in Minneapolis "BITCHES", and as a warning: "When the looting begins, the shots start."
In his recent comments, Trump said he supported peaceful protests, but said, "We cannot allow a situation like Minneapolis to continue to fall into lawless anarchy and chaos."
"I understand the pain, I understand the pain. People have been through a lot. George's family is entitled to justice and Minnesota people have the right to live in safety," he said.
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