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Former President Barack Obama issues statement on George Floyd: "This shouldn't be 'normal'"

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Posted at 1:14 PM, May 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 13:14:50-04

DETROIT — Former President Barack Obama issued a statement on George Floyd, a black man who died earlier this week after being pinned down by police in Minneapolis

"This shouldn't be 'normal' in 2020 America," he wrote. "It can't be 'normal.' If we want our children to grow up in a nation that lives up to its highest ideals, we can and must be better."

The statement comes after Twitter censored another Tweet by President Donald Trump for threatening action against rioters in Minneapolis.

Joe Biden, Obama’s former vice president and Democratic nominee said Trump was "calling for violence against American citizens during a moment of pain for so many."

Floyd's death has sparked riots in Minneapolis and across the country.