The United States has had protests over the past six days over the death of George Floyd, who died after being kneeled by a police officer for about ten minutes while arrested.
Violence has been observed in cities in the United States. The riot police have been reported to fight demonstrators in LA, Philadelphia, Chicago and New York and fire tear gas and pepper balls to disperse the crowd.
And amid these protests, which have ransacked many businesses, set police vehicles and posts on fire, US President Donald Trump has encouraged governors to use more aggressive tactics against these protests against police brutality.
The president, who has described the governors as weak, is agitated and desperate after six nights of violent protests in dozens of cities across the country and is getting worse near his home.
During the video conference, Trump urged the governors to deal aggressively with these violent demonstrators to respond to a demonstration of power.
As he called from the basement of the Whitehouse situation room, he added that they have to dominate or look like a bunch of jerks to arrest people and bring them to justice.
In the conversation, Trump looked angry and didn’t try to find a unified or introspective tone as some of his advisors were encouraging and the previous presidents had tried at moments of the national crisis.
Instead, Trump said leaders had to “retaliate” for violent acts in their states and advised them not to act too cautiously. He said that one shouldn’t be too careful.
He chastised what he called a weak response to protests in certain locations that he believed allowed violence. He stressed his belief that violence is fueled by “radical left” forces. And he said he had blamed General Mark Milley, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, for the protest response.
The country has experienced the most widespread racist turmoil and unrest since the reaction to the murder of Martin Luther King in 1968.
Protesters are demanding that all four officials involved in Floyd’s death be charged with. So far, only one, Derek Chauvin, the white officer who knelt on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes when the black man pleaded, I can’t breathe was arrested. He was charged with third-degree murder on Friday.
At the request of protesters and Floyd’s family, Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison will lead the indictment. Ellison, who is black, has vowed to use all available resources to bring justice to George Floyd.
Those who protested the brutality of the police were sometimes subjected to excessive force by the authorities. At the weekend in Atlanta, Georgia, two officers were fired for pulling two blacks out of a car and throwing them to the ground. Videos have shown the police attacking angry but peaceful demonstrators with tear gas and maces. Journalists have also been attacked by the police.
The demonstrators have not been put off by curfews and the presence of the U.S. National Guard in some cities. Some largely peaceful protests became violent, with looting and vandalism during the night.
Lena Wood graduated from John Carroll University in the year 2002. She born and grown up in Dallas but later she moved to Cleveland for Studying. Lena has written for several major publications including Community Newspapers and News Desk. Lena is a community Reporter and also Covers National Topics.