Donald Trump offers military to Minnesota amid escalating protests against the death of George Floyd – ABC News

Comment by tonytran2015: America is already a divided society with many factions and the unrest has to come. The death of George Floyd is only a triggering event. People should also ask Police Violence culture kills or Guns kill ?

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The Pentagon said it has put military units on a four-hour recall status to be ready if requested by Minnesota’s Governor.

Protesters set police cars ablaze, smashed businesses’ windows and skirmished with baton-wielding officers in streets from Atlanta to Los Angeles, as anger over George Floyd’s death spread across the country. Some city
authorities, bracing for more violence, called in the National Guard to beef up overwhelmed forces.

Mr Trump said on
Saturday that states and cities must get “much tougher” on anti-police
protests or the Federal Government would step in.

“Liberal Governors and Mayors must get MUCH tougher or the Federal Government will step in and do what has to be done, and that includes using the
unlimited power of our Military and many arrests,” he said in a tweet.

In Minneapolis, the city where Mr Floyd died after a white police officer pressed a knee into his neck and kept it there for more than eight minutes,
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz fully mobilised the state’s National Guard
and promised a massive show of force to help quell unrest that has grown
increasingly destructive.

“The situation in Minneapolis is no longer in any way about the murder of George Floyd,” Mr Walz said.

“It is about attacking civil society, instilling fear and disrupting our great cities.”

Washington, too, had the guard on call to support the Secret Service in managing a
crowd of protesters that had gathered outside the White House, which was locked down in response.

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