By Eric Tataw – Washington DC, USA, Friday, May 29, 2020.
US president, Donald Trump warned in a tweet, early Friday, May 29, 2020, that he would send in the National Guard to contain rioters in Minneapolis, a city in the US state of Minnesota where a man died in police custody.
Trump described the rioters as thugs and said they were dishonoring the memory of George Floyd. The president mentioned a possibility of shooting at those looting.
“….These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!,” he tweeted.
Trump also blasted Minneapolis Mayor, calling him very weak and radical, and that he lacks leadership.
“I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right…..,” he said.
Many have criticized Trump that it’s unlawful to deploy the military against civilians. Many think the President should have said things to calm people down not incite more violence.
“You didn’t send the National Guard to Charlottesville when your “very fine” nazis were burning tiki torches, marching in the streets and murdering protesters by running them over. Mind your business, you racist, deranged, son of a klansman,” Bishop Talbert Swan, an activist, said on Twitter.
At least one person has been killed and many places looted since the start of the riot following George Floyd’s death.
A story building still under construction near the corner of Lake Street and Minnehaha Avenue was burnt early Thursday, May 28, 2020.
The State’s Governor, Tim Walz cautioned townspeople that the situation near Lake Street and Hiawatha in Minneapolis has evolved into an extremely dangerous situation.
“For everyone’s safety, please leave the area and allow firefighters and paramedics to get to the scene,” he said on a tweet.
Many places were vandalized including the city’s police station. Rioters destroyed police vehicles and forced many officers to retreat.
Police clashed with protesters and responded by firing rubber bullets, tear gas and stone grenades.
46-year-old Floyd, an African-American died in police custody, Monday when an officer of the Minneapolis Police Department pinned him to the ground and pressed his neck with his knee. He died crying; “I can’t breathe.”
George Floyd was arrested after officers responded to an inkling about an alleged forgery in progress but later died in the process.
Derek Chauvin, a Minneapolis police officer has been accused of choking and killing George Floyd after he pressed his neck with one of his knees. He was later declared dead in a hospital in the precinct.
A video that went viral showed Floyd telling officers he couldn’t breathe while he was pinned on the ground with a knee on top of his neck.
This sparked immediate outrage and followed a huge crowd of protesters on the streets on Minneapolis, resulting in clashes with police.
All four officers tagged with the incident have been fired from the Minneapolis Police Department and the city’s Mayor, Jacob Frey has on Wednesday called for charges against the officer who used his knee on the victim.
Trump had asked that investigations be expedited and said he very much appreciate all the work done by local law enforcement.