Democratic US presidential candidate Joe Biden has said the late George Floyd will “change the world.”
Following a private meeting with Mr Floyd’s family in Houston, Texas, to offer his sympathies, Mr Biden told CBS news his death was “one of the great inflection points in American history”.
The killing of African American George Floyd at the hands of a white officer has fuelled global protests.
A private funeral service will be held in Houston later on Tuesday.
Mr Biden has sharply criticised President Donald Trump, who is standing for re-election as the Republican candidate on 3 November, accusing him at the weekend of making “despicable” speculative remarks about Mr Floyd.
The Democratic politician was himself recently accused of taking black American votes for granted when he said African Americans “ain’t black” if they even considered voting for Mr Trump.
What did Biden say about Floyd’s family?
“They’re an incredible family, his little daughter was there, the one who said ‘daddy’s going to change the world’, and I think her daddy is going to change the world,” Mr Biden told CBS anchor Norah O’Donnell.
“I think what happened here is one of the great inflection points in American history, for real, in terms of civil liberties, civil rights and just treating people with dignity.”
Floyd family spokesman Benjamin Crump, who tweeted a photo of the meeting said Mr Floyd’s relatives welcomed Mr Biden’s comments.
“That compassion meant the world to this grieving family,” he added.
Aides to the former vice-president said he would also record a video message for Tuesday’s service.
Mourners in Houston, Texas, where Mr Floyd lived before moving to Minneapolis, formed long lines to view his body, publicly on display for six hours at The Fountain of Praise church.
Memorial services have already been held in Minneapolis and North Carolina, where Mr Floyd was born.