President Donald Trump has threatened to send the army to suppress rising political disorder in the US over the killing of a black man in police custody. He said that if states and cities failed to manage the demonstrations and protect their residents, he will deploy the military and fix the issues quickly. Protests over George Floyd 's death has intensified in the past week. The Las Vegas sheriff said on Tuesday that a cop died in a shootout after the officers attempted to clear a mob. Dozens of other people were wounded as officials used tear gas and force to disperse mass demonstrations that swept more than 75 cities. In the meantime, four officers were shot and injured on Monday night during the riots.
The protests began after a video clearly shows that George Floyd, 46, was arrested in Minneapolis on May 25 and a white police officer continued to kneel on his neck even after pleading that he could not breathe. The officer, Derek Chauvin, was charged with third-degree murder and will face trial next week. Three other policemen were fired. The case of Floyd has resurrected a deep-seated rage over the killing of Black Americans by the police and racial prejudice. It continues to follow the high-profile incidents of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; Eric Garner in New York; and others which led the Black Lives Matter movement.
The President delivered a brief address from the Rose Garden White House, midst the noise of a neighboring protest getting dispersed. He said, "All Americans were rightly sickened and revolted by the brutal death of George Floyd," but also said that his memory should not be "dropped by an angry crowd."
On Sunday, he described the scenes of looting and violence in the capital as "a complete disgrace" before promising to strengthen the defenses of the city.
"I 'm sending hundreds and thousands of highly armored troops, military forces, and law enforcement officers to deter protests, theft, arson, assaults, and the loss of properties," he added.
He urged for states and cities to mobilize the National Guard, a standby armed force that can be called upon to participate in domestic crises in "adequate numbers to rule the highways." Thus far, some 16,000 soldiers have been mobilized.
Mr. Trump added: "When a city or state fails to take the required steps ... then I would mobilize the United States Army to immediately fix the issue for them." To make this measure, the president will have to use the Insurrection Act, which, in certain cases, would then include a proposal from the state governments to do so.
Following his speech, president trump marched to the local church, which was destroyed by demonstrators on Sunday evening. He and a group of helpers stood at the foot of the building as the president placed the Bible in front of the public.
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