Hyderabad: A photo of US President-elect Joe Biden kneeling before a child reportedly apologising to the daughter of a "black American who was publicly murdered by a white police officer" has gone viral on social media.
A Facebook user posted the photo and wrote, "The public murder of a black American by the white police during the Trump administration caused a great deal of controversy not only in the United States but throughout the world. The new President of the United States apologises to the girl, the daughter of the dead man."
The claim that the photo shows Biden apologising to the daughter of an African-American man who was murdered by a white police officer is FALSE.
NewsMeter performed a reverse image search and found that Biden had uploaded the same photo on Instagram in September this year. While he did not mention the reason behind this meet, in the caption he wrote, "Our children are a constant reminder of why I'm in this fight.
We need to build an economy that gives them and their families a fair shot."
We also found similar images published in The Telegraph and Victoria Advocate. According to these reports, Biden visited the owner (Clement Brown) of Three Thirteen (a clothing store in Detroit, Michigan) and his son while he was in the city. The child in the image is a boy, identified as C.J. Brown. None of these reports said the boy's father was the victim of a racially-motivated attack by a white police officer. According to reports, Biden was in the shop during his election campaign and was shopping for his grandchildren.
A video on C-SPAN shows Biden kneeling to greet the boy and later checking t-shirts at the store.
Evidently, it is clear that Biden was not apologising to a victim of a race crime but was shopping in Michigan where he greeted the boy. Hence, the claim is FALSE.