- The National Guard has been dispatched to twelve states, as well as in the District of Columbia,
- In Minneapolis, the city from where it all began, a scuffle ensued as riot police officers confronted and clashed with angry protesters.
- Dozens of journalists have accused the police of deliberately targeting them while doing their job on the street.
The murder of George Floyd, an African American, has led to massive protests across the United States, which are seemingly multiplying day by day. The murder, which took place in Minneapolis, has triggered chain reactions in dozens of states, leading to the imposition of curfew in at least 25 US cities.
The National Guard has been dispatched to twelve states, as well as in the District of Columbia, and along the perimeter of the heavily armored White House. In Indianapolis, a man died, and the number of victims has risen to three since the beginning of the riots. Almost 1,400 people have been arrested in 17 US cities.
In mourning Floyd, the US president Donald Trump described his death as a great tragedy, saying that it had thrown the whole nation into horror, anger, and pain. He has requested the FBI to carry out investigations.
“At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation as to the very sad and tragic death in Minnesota of George Floyd. I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!”
On his part, presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden condemned the violence of the protests that broke out. He stressed, however, that Americans have the right to demonstrate.
“Protesting such brutality is right and necessary. It’s an utterly American response. But burning down communities and needless destruction is not. Violence that endangers lives is not. Violence that guts and shutters businesses that serve the community is not.”
Biden continued, “we are a nation in pain, but we must not allow this pain to destroy us. We are a nation enraged, but we cannot allow our rage to consume us. We are a nation exhausted, but we will not allow our exhaustion to defeat us.”
In Minneapolis, the city from where it all began, a scuffle ensued as riot police officers confronted and clashed with angry protesters.
In Ferguson, Missouri— the city where Michael Brown, an 18-year-old African American, was shot dead by a white police officer in 2014— the police department building was damaged and evacuated after fireworks, bricks, stones, and bottles were thrown at the officers.
In Jacksonville, Florida, a policeman was injured in the neck, and is currently in the hospital, while other officers were attacked during the protests with stones and bricks. Several people were arrested.
Attacks on Journalists
Dozens of journalists have accused the police of deliberately targeting them while doing their job on the street. Over the course of the protests, journalists have been arrested, pepper sprayed, beaten, and shot with rubber bullets at point-blank range. Demonstrators aren’t treating them any better.
Among them is a Fox News troupe, which was targeted by a group of demonstrators. They surrounded reporter Leland Vittert while he was live and chased him as he walked away with his crew. Demonstrators punched them and threw objects.
Tensions and clashes with the police were also witnessed in New York, where many took to the streets in organized marches in Harlem, Brooklyn, Queens, and near the Trump Tower. Demonstrators occupied streets, blocked traffic, and targeted police cars with graffiti.