Violent Protests Erupts In US After Trump Threatens To Bring In Military

Violent Protests Erupts In US After Trump Threatens To Bring In Military

President Donald Trump on Monday declared to apply the U.S. military to quell protests over the death of a black man in police custody before the law enforcing officers shot rubber bullets and tear gas to remove demonstrators and let the president walk to a church and pose for photos.

But as darkness came hours after the president’s comments in the Rose Garden of the White House, violence emitted for the seventh night. Demonstrators initiated fire to a strip mall in Los Angeles and looted shops in New York City.

“Mayors and governors must install a strong law enforcement presence until the violence has been suppressed,” Trump declared. “If a city or state denies taking the steps that are required to protect the life and property of their citizens, then I will deploy the United States military and immediately resolve the problem for them.”

Violent Protests Erupts In US After Trump Threatens To Bring In Military
Police in tactical gear walk through tear gas during a protest in Atlanta, Georgia, June 1. Image Source: REUTERS

A few hours after the Washington dispute, thousands of people paraded into the streets of Brooklyn, roaring “justice now!” while vehicles drove alongside, some motorists honking in support.

Television photographs explicated crowds smashing windows and looting luxury stores along with Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, one of the cities toniest shopping areas, before the city’s 11 p.m. curfew. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the curfew would be shift to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

In Hollywood, dozens of people were seen in television pictures looting a drug store after the front door was shattered. Windows were broken at a nearby Starbucks and two eateries before suspects dispersed as police appeared.

Violent Protests Erupts In US After Trump Threatens To Bring In Military
Police officers use pepper spray as they try to disperse people during a protest in Minneapolis. Image Source: AP

Anti-police brutality marches and rallies, which have become destructive after evening each night over the last week, raised over the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American. He died after a white policeman clasped his neck under a knee for almost nine minutes.

A second post-mortem ordered by Floyd’s family and published on Monday found his death was homicide by “mechanical asphyxiation,” or physical strength that hindered with his oxygen supply. The release says three policemen contributed to his death.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner later issued autopsy findings that also called Floyd’s death homicide by asphyxiation. The county report stated Floyd suffered cardiopulmonary arrest while being restrained by police and that he had an arteriosclerotic and hypertensive heart condition, fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine usage.

Violent Protests Erupts In US After Trump Threatens To Bring In Military
Vehicles for the District of Columbia National Guard are seen outside the D.C. Armory, Monday, June 1, 2020, in Washington. Image Source: AP

Derek Chauvin, the 44-year-old Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on Floyd, was detained on third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges. Three other officers included in the arrest have not been charged.

Floyd’s death was the freshest case of police brutality against black men captured on videotape and prompting an objection over racism in U.S. law enforcement.

Dozens of cities across the United States persist under curfews not seen since protests after the 1968 assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. The National Guard stationed in 23 states and Washington, D.C. Most Americans were appearing from weeks of strict “stay-at-home” rules inflicted due to the pandemic.

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