‘Grave Tragedy’: Donald Trump on George Floyd who got killed after arrest

Brenda Watkins
May 31, 2020

George Floyd's family spoke to both President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden this week following Floyd's death in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The Minneapolis police officer accused of killing Mr Floyd has been charged with murder as authorities try to restore peace after three nights of violent protests left parts of the city in flames.

Trump indicated that United States troops could be deployed in addition to the National Guard to deal with violent protestors.

"We can not and must not allow a small group of criminals and vandals to wreck our cities and lay waste to our communities", Trump said following another night of widespread looting and arson in Minneapolis.

The US leader said the rioters were dishonouring the memory of George Floyd, the African American who died on Monday after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for almost nine minutes and who has become a fresh symbol of police brutality against blacks.

Cheering protesters also torched an abandoned Minneapolis police station.

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz moved to fully mobilize the state's National Guard on Saturday for the first time since World War II, vowing a show of force to shut down unrest that has seen vehicles and buildings destroyed.

"80 per cent of the rioters in Minneapolis last night were from out of state".

A police station torched during the unrest. REUTERS  AFP
A police station torched during the unrest. REUTERS AFP

The protests have also spread internationally, with thousands of people taking to the streets in the German capital to protest Floyd's death and against racism.

Swift's emotive and political tweet sees the superstar take a stand against the president's actions.

A auto and at least two other buildings were also set ablaze, and looters returned for a second night to a nearby Target discount store, left vacant from the previous night.

"At present, we limit exceptions to one critical type of public-interest content - tweets from elected and government officials -given the significant public interest in knowing and being able to discuss their actions and statements", it said.

We'll post more communications as they roll in.

Many demonstrators bore signs with the words "I can't breathe", which Floyd repeatedly said to the police officers before he died.

The police officer who was involved in the incident arrested on Friday.

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He started by saying,"I've been struggling with how to respond to the President's tweets and posts all day. Zuckerberg sought to reinforce that idea in his post.

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