Trump Threatens to Deploy Military, Receives Opposition from Governors

  • Trump’s decision to deploy the military to stop the ongoing protests across US cities has been met with opposition.
  • Legal experts have called the decision unnecessary and dangerous.
  • More than 4,000 people have so far been arrested across the cities since the protests began.

President Donald Trump has warned that he would deploy the military to states that would not take serious actions against protesters in the ongoing demonstrations against the death of George Floyd. Earlier on, the president had called on the governors to take charge and arrest the protesters.

George Floyd was an unarmed African-American man who died on May 25, 2020, after white Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin knelt on Floyd’s neck for over seven minutes while other officers helped restrain Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota United States. Floyd’s death has been compared to the 2014 death of Eric Garner, who repeated “I can’t breathe” while being suffocated by arresting officers.

“If a city or state refuses to take actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them,” the president said.

He told the governors, “you have to dominate, if you don’t dominate you’re wasting your time. They’re going to run over you. You’re going to look like a bunch of jerks. You have to dominate… You’ve got to arrest this people. You’ve got to arrest these people.”

Trump’s decision to deploy the military to stop the ongoing protests across US cities has been met with opposition. Several Democratic governors have also rejected the threat from the President.

“You don’t defuse violence by putting soldiers on the streets,” Oregon Governor Kate Brown said. She has refused to deploy the National Guard, arguing that only a small section of the protesters turn violent during the demonstration.

“I say thank you but no thank you,” said New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo to the president’s call. Governor Cuomo, who has not deployed the National Guard, said that the state troops could handle the protesters at the moment.

“I reject the notion that the federal government can send troops into the state of Illinois,” Governor J.B Pritzker said. Illinois governor added that the president’s decision will make the situation even worse.

Legal experts have called the decision unnecessary and dangerous. “No level-headed Governor is asking for an even more militarized response to civilian protests against police brutality and systematic racism,” said Hina Shamsi, the National Security Project Director for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The George Floyd protests, and riots, are an ongoing series of violent uprisings in the United States that initially started in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul metropolitan area of Minnesota before spreading nationwide. As of May 31, there were simultaneous protests in over 100 other cities in the United States and internationally supporting those seeking justice for Floyd as well as speaking out against excessive police brutality.

“The President of the United States is not a dictator and President Trump does not and will not dominate New York State,” said Letitia James, New York’s Attorney General.

The protests, which began on May 25, the day Floyd was killed, have since spread across US cities, and has been characterized by a lot of violence. The protesters, who chanted “no justice, no peace,” carried placards that said “He said I can’t breathe. Justice for George.”

Four people have been killed and several others injured during the protests. More than 4,000 people have so far been arrested across the cities since the protests began.

In a horrifying video, Chauvin, pinned Floyd down with his knee as he lay on the ground during an arrest. The video footage was taken by a witness and was sent on social media. It showed Floyd helpless, asking the police not to kill him. Floyd said several times, “I can’t breathe!”

The officer is then heard telling him to relax he continues to pin him down. “My stomach hurts. My neck hurts. Everything hurts,” Floyd cries out. “[I need] water or something. Please. Please. I can’t breathe, officer. . . I cannot breathe. I cannot breathe.” In the footage witnesses are heard pleading with the police to let go the man but their pleas fell on deaf ears.

The officer, Derek Chauvin was arrested on Friday and charged with third degree murder and manslaughter. All the officers involved in Floyd’s arrest were fired on May 26.

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Juliet Norah

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