US President Donald Trump threatens to deploy military personnel to maintain order in US cities if mayors and governors fail to control violent protests. Trump said that on Monday evening during a press conference in the garden in front of the White House.
"Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming presence of law enforcement until the violence is suppressed," Trump said. "If a city or state refuses to take the necessary measures to protect the lives and property of civilians, I will send the US military to quickly resolve the problem for them."
After his speech, surrounded by security people, Trump walked to St. John's Episcopal Church at nearby Lafayette Park, where previously a large group of peaceful protesters were dispersed by the federal police using rubber bullets and tear gas. Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser strongly condemned the action.
I imposed a curfew at 7pm. A full 25 minutes before the curfew & w / o provocation, federal police used munitions on peaceful protestors in front of the White House, an act that will make the job of @DCPoliceDept officers more difficult. Shameful! DC residents - Go home. Be safeAvatar
The church, slightly damaged by the protests on Sunday evening, served as the backdrop for a photo opportunity of Trump standing with a Bible in his hand. The bishop of the diocese to which the church belongs was outraged that he abused the church and a Bible "after threatening military strength, the opposite of what Jesus Christ stood for."
Donald Trump poses with a Bible in front of St. John's Church near the White House, where protestors stood earlier today. (photo: Pro Shots)
"Army prepares units"
Around the White House in Washington DC, the capital of the United States, reserve forces of the National Guard were deployed on Monday evening to keep order. The military would also prepare active units, an anonymous defense official told Reuters news agency . He adds that the decision to deploy soldiers on the streets of American cities is in the hands of the President.
The Department of Justice is going to deploy all law enforcement officers under the Department to deal with the violent protests. President Trump gave his order to his justice minister William Barr on Monday. These include law enforcement officers from the FBI, the drug control agency DEA and the US Marshals, federal police officers.
Autopsy Report: Kill George Floyd Is Murder
George Floyd was killed by suffocation and blood was no longer able to flow to the brain because an agent had put his knee on his neck for minutes. The official pathologist concludes Monday after examination of Floyd's body that he was murdered.
Earlier in the day, an independent autopsy requested by Floyd's family also revealed that Floyd was killed by asphyxiation. Three officers are said to have contributed to his murder, in addition to the one who had his knee on Floyd's neck, two officers pushed on his back.
One point of difference is that the independent report does not provide other medical reasons why Floyd died. The official report states that Floyd had high blood pressure and coronary artery disease and that he had taken heavy painkillers and had recently taken methamphetamine.
Protests started after George Floyd's death
In the United States, protests have been made against police brutality for a week. Protests began in Minneapolis, Minnesota, last week, after African-American George Floyd was killed in police violence.
In recent days, protests have spread to many other American cities. A state of emergency was declared in Atlanta on Saturday. Many cities have now enlisted the help of the National Guard and instituted a curfew. Demonstrations are also taking place in other countries, such as the Netherlands, Brazil and the United Kingdom.