The death of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer has led to protests and riots in the streets of that City.
The outrage came after a video released to the media showed Derek Chauvin, a white police officer pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck, a black man, in a banned maneuver as Floyd repeatedly said, “I can’t breathe,” — Floyd died soon after.
Since then, Derek Chauvin has been charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.
Meanwhile, three of his colleagues remain under investigation with anticipation of charges for them, also.
Following the demonstration in the streets, the President interjected with a tweet, which created a lot of push back in the media.
“I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis,” Trump tweeted. “A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right.”
He added: “These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty, and we will assume control but when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”
Twitter has since flagged the tweet claiming it violated its rules about “glorifying violence.”
In the meantime, Democratic Presidential candidate Joe Biden has also weighed in on the issue:
“With our complacency, our silence, we are complicit in perpetuating these cycles of violence,” he said, warning that “if we simply allow this wound to scab over once more without treating the underlying injury, we’ll never truly heal,” said Biden.
Barbara Green, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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