Trump threatens military force to quell George Floyd death protests

Protesters and police clash near Lafayette Park late Monday in downtown Washington D.C

Protesters and police clash near Lafayette Park late Monday in downtown Washington D.C

"But they deliberately stayed to trigger police action & get the story they wanted, that "police attacked peaceful protesters".

In New York, television images showed crowds smashing windows and looting luxury stores along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan before the city's 11 p.m. curfew.

Protests have erupted across the us after the May 25 death of Mr. Floyd, a black man who died after a white officer kneeled on his neck area for almost nine minutes during an arrest in Minneapolis.

Dozens of cities across the United States were under similar curfews to the one imposed in Washington, DC, in events that have been likened to the riots following the 1968 assassination of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.

Governors in both parties have called out Mr. Trump's rhetoric as unhelpful, saying it will escalate tensions around what should be peaceful protests.

President Trump recently addressed the nation and promised an end to ongoing unrest as well as the restoration of law and order.


No, he can't. He needs the permission of the governors, and some have already said no thank you.

Still, the bishops said that despite the church's strong feelings spurred by Trump's photo-op, the real issue remains the violence against people of color in the United States.

"He thinks division helps him", Biden said.

The Rev. Mariann Budde, whose diocese St. John's belongs to, said she was "outraged" by Trump's visit and noted that he didn't pray while stopping by the church, a landmark known for its regular visits from sitting presidents since the early 19th century.

The protesters in the area Monday evening appeared to be acting peacefully before they were forced out through the aggressive measures including rubber bullets, pepper spray, and tear gas.

The criticism that Trump faced after being photographed outside the church was swift.

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas called the anti-racism protests "understandable and more than legitimate".

Trump has threatened to use the military to battle the violence that has erupted often at night after a day of peaceful protests joined by a cross-section of Americans.

Germany, Britain and Australia all voiced concern about the safety of the media after a number of journalists were roughed up by police or occasionally by rioters. The church suffered minor fire damage during protests on Sunday night.

He said anti-fascist group Antifa was a "leading instigator" of the riots.

"This isn't just about George Floyd, may he rest in peace".

Mourners plan a service Thursday in Minneapolis to mourn Floyd, who died after being accused of trying to buy cigarettes with a counterfeit bill.

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"We can bring down the temperature, but not when the standing up calling for troops, and law and order, and domination", he told MSNBC.

Cuomo said he was outraged by the violence and looting in New York City on Monday, and that the city's mayor and police force "did not do their job last night". None of the injuries were life-threatening.

Stephen Vladeck, a national security and constitutional law expert at the University of Texas at Austin, said on Twitter that the federal government does not necessarily need a state request before using troops for domestic law enforcement, and that the Insurrection Act is open-ended in letting the president decide when circumstances merited its use.

A fence was also erected overnight near Lafayette Park, apparently to keep protesters out of the area.

In March, 26-year-old Breonna Taylor was shot dead in her own apartment in Louisville by police who barged in, alleging her home had been used by drug dealers.

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