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Joe Biden to meet George Floyd’s family before funeral

Funeral services on Monday will follow a six-hour viewing for Mr Floyd.

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Former vice president Joe Biden (Matt Rourke/AP)

Former vice president Joe Biden (Matt Rourke/AP)

Former vice president Joe Biden (Matt Rourke/AP)

Former vice president Joe Biden plans to travel to Houston to meet with the family of George Floyd, and will provide a video message for Mr Floyd’s funeral service.

A Biden aide described the plans of the Democratic presidential candidate. They did not include attending the service.

Mr Biden expects to give the family his condolences, said the aide.

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The casket of George Floyd (Ed Clemente/The Fayetteville Observer/AP)

The casket of George Floyd (Ed Clemente/The Fayetteville Observer/AP)

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The casket of George Floyd (Ed Clemente/The Fayetteville Observer/AP)

Funeral services on Monday will follow a six-hour viewing for Mr Floyd, who was raised in Houston. Burial is set for Tuesday in the Houston suburb of Pearland.

Mr Floyd died after a police officer in Minnesota pressed a knee into his neck for several minutes, even after he stopped moving and was pleading for air.

His death has sparked days of protest around the US and led to a national discussion of police treatment of African Americans and institutional racism.

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