After seven days since George Floyd’s death, more than 75 cities in the United States have protested demanding for justice. Major cities witnessed crowds marching shoulder to shoulder in streets that have been deserted amid coronavirus containment policies and guidelines.
The demos sparked after a video was captured by bystanders, when a 46-year-old Floyd was arrested in Minneapolis on May 25. In the footage, a white policeman continued to kneel on the back of his neck for about ten minutes, although he pleaded that he could not breathe.
Officer Derek Chauvin who was kneeling on Floyd, has been charged with third-degree murder and will appear in court next week. Three other police officers have been dismissed from their duties.
Although some cities have curtailed or extended their curfew, protests continued in more than 40 cities across the country on Monday.
And U.S. President Donald Trump has threatened to send the forces to end the unrest caused by the death of the unarmed black American, Floyd.
He said that if states and cities could not suppress the protests and protect their people, then he will be forced to deploy military troops and immediately solve the problem for them.
While the US president was speaking at the White House, the police engaged demonstrators from a nearby park with tear gas and rubber bullets.
The president then crossed the park and stood next to a molested church, causing widespread criticism from those who accused him of aggressively attacking peaceful demonstrators for a photo opportunity.
Dozens of major cities have now imposed curfews overnight. New York City is on curfew until 9:00 a.m. GMT Tuesday, while in Washington DC curfew has been extended by an additional two nights.
Even, with this the demonstration still continued.
On Monday, an official post-mortem declared Mr. Floyd’s death as a murder.
The President made a brief speech on Monday evening from the White House rose garden, which was marked by the sound of a nearby protest dispersing.
Mr. Trump said that people across the US were rightly sick and outraged by the ruthless death of George Floyd, but said that his memory should not be tarnished out by an angry mob.
He described the Sunday scenes of violence and looting in the capital as a total shame before promising to strengthen the city’s defenses.
Throughout Monday, there was growing pressure on Donald Trump to take action to combat the growing unrest in major cities in the United States. When the sun went down in Washington DC, the president outlined in a hastily arranged rose garden speech what this action would look like.
Governors were warned that the president would cite a centuries-old law to send the U.S. Army to American soil if it did not effectively secure property and security on the streets. And in the District of Columbia, which is under federal agency, the president had already ordered the military to enter into force. Just before the President spoke and promised to stand with peaceful demonstrators, these armed soldiers cleared peaceful demonstrators from Lafayette Square across from the White House.
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