US President Donald Trump has directed his anger towards the chaotic protests in Minneapolis over the death of an unarmed black man in police custody, calling those looting stores and neighborhood businesses as “thugs”.
According to Trump, he would not “stand back and watch this happen to a great American City”, adding that “the military is with him all the way”.
“Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts,” Mr Trump warned. Twitter later added a message to the post, saying that it “violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence”.
Passionate protesters in Minneapolis have called for criminal charges to be brought against four police officers who were involved in the arrest of 46-year-old restaurant worker, George Floyd on Monday night.
Mr Floyd died in custody after telling officers “I can’t breathe”, with a viral video of the incident showing one policeman stood over Mr Floyd with his knee in his kneck. All four officers have been dismissed from their posts.
Earlier on Thursday night, cheering protesters torched a police station after it was abandoned by the retreating force, while violent clashes have also spread to the twin city of St Paul.
Mr Trump also blamed the clashes in his tweet on what he called the “total lack of leadership” in the city, criticising “ the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey”. Mr Frey whereas joined protesters in calling for a criminal investigation of Mr Floyd’s death, while appealing for residents to be calm.
….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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
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