Over 9,300 people have been arrested in the United States while protesting over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black American who died during his arrest after a policeman knelt on him for about nine minutes.
The protests have now escalated to an international level and on Monday Trump threatened to deploy military forces to end the unrest caused across the country.
However, the US chief of defense disagreed with the idea of using the troops to counter the demonstrators.
Defense Minister Mark Esper said on Wednesday in an interview with reporters in the Pentagon that he was opposing the idea as it invokes the insurrection act, a law since 1807 if to enable President Trump to deploy troops.
He confirmed to reporters that he said this not only as Defense Secretary but also as a former member of the National Guard and as a soldier.
He added that deployments of active-duty soldier should only be used as a last resort and only in the most pressing and dire situations. According to Esper, the country is not in any such situations. Therefore, he does not support the possibility of invoking the insurrection Act.
Some sources are now claiming that Trump is withdrawing the previous idea that invokes the insurrection act.
With the influx of National Gard and presidential pressure on the governor, things have improved across the country.
It has been reported that Esper’s comment annoyed Mr. Trump and his White House assistants. The Whitehouse considered the main defense statements false. However, Trump is not expected to fire Esper.
A senior administration advised NBC that Esper’s comments in the Whitehouse were not well received.
That same Wednesday, the Defense Secretary met with Trump in a previously scheduled meeting.
Given the threat of using the military, the demonstrators have yet to surrender, and some of them have turned into violence and looting. They continue to demand that all four officers involved be charged accordingly.
So far, only one white officer who was identified as Derek Chauvin, and the one who knelt on Floyd’s neck for about nine minutes even after he pleaded “I can’t breathe” several times has been arrested and charged with third-degree murder. Though the lawyer representing the family said it would have been on first-degree.
Those who protested the brutality of the police have sometimes subjected to excessive violence by the authorities. Journalists have also been attacked by the police and Officers have also been injured in the protests.
Besides, by curfews and the presence of the U.S. National Guard in some cities, the demos are still witnessed. For the most part, the demos start as peaceful which later turns into violent, with looting and vandalism. However, the protests on Monday remained largely peaceful after the curfew came into effect.
The US president has also outraged beliefs and demonstrators for going to a historic church near the White House and creating a photo opportunity just minutes after the police cleared peaceful demonstrators with tear gas and bullet shots.
Rachel Lott is a Reporter for Chroniclex After graduating from Cuyahoga Community College, Rachel got an internship at USA Evening and worked as a Reporter and Producer. Rachel has also worked as a Reporter for WKYC TV and Fox News Channel. Rachel Covers International Developments.