With protests about shooting’s and black suspects dying when being arrested by white police officers?
You’d think the President of the United Sates would want to say something to calm things down and have people step back…
But THAT is NOT Donald Trump who never thought of himself as the leader of the entire country…
He’s jumping over the governor’s and screaming about ‘thug’s’ and applying MORE violence to beat things down…
Violent demonstrations erupted for a third night in Minneapolis on Thursday, as protesters — outraged over the death of an unarmed African American man in police custody — torched a city police station and President Trumpthreatened to respond with “shooting.”
Footage of the chaos shows crowds of protesters cheering as the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct was set ablaze — a response to the death Monday night of George Floyd, a 46-year-old pronounced dead shortly after a city police officer pinned Floyd’s head to the street with a knee on his neck.
“I can’t breathe,” Floyd protested. Minutes later, medical responders found him without a pulse.
A video of the incident quickly spread across the internet, sparking immediate protests in Minneapolis, where civil rights activists and Floyd’s family urged the arrest of the officers involved. Those calls are spreading to Capitol Hill, where Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has characterized the incident as “an execution” and Sen. Kamala Harris(D), former attorney general of California, wants the arresting officer to face murder charges.
While four officers were fired, no arrests have been made — a dynamic that helped trigger the escalation of violence on Thursday night, even despite calls for calm from city officials and Gov. Tim Walz‘s (D) decision to activate the Minnesota National Guard.
Some protesters turned to looting and then setting afire businesses in the area.
“If you are feeling anger or sadness, I get it. It is not only understandable, it is — it is righteous,” Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey (D) told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Thursday night. “But we cannot allow that anger and sadness to so negatively impact our communities.”
Despite the pleas, parts of Minneapolis resembled a war zone late Thursday. And the incident sent shock waves well beyond Minnesota: Violent protests also flared up in Los Angeles, Portland, Ore., and Columbus, Ohio.
Trump wasted no time responding, taking to Twitter in the earliest hours of Friday morning to attack Frey for “a total lack of leadership” and warn protesters that they might be shot.
“These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen,” he tweeted. “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!”
In Louisville, seven people were shot Thursday night during protests over a separate incident: the March killing of Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old African American woman shot by police officers in her apartment in a botched raid.
On Thursday, Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee pressed the Justice Department to open investigations into the Floyd and Taylor killings, as well as that of Ahmaud Arbery, a 25-year-old black man fatally shot by vigilantes in February while he was jogging through a neighborhood in south Georgia.
The confluence of tragedies has once again shone a spotlight on issues of race and bias in the criminal justice system, sparking a national debate about racial profiling, police tactics and the role of the federal government in overseeing local law enforcement agencies. And they come at an exceedingly volatile time, when the country is already grappling with the health and economic devastation of the coronavirus pandemic, which has hit minority communities particularly hard….
More on a President Trump’s response to something that like the virus …Is up to local Mayor’s and State Governor’s….
Trump seems to be advocating even MORE violence ….
President Donald Trump on Friday seemingly urged the shooting of looters in Minnesota, bursting into a volatile national debate over the death of an African-American man in police custody and issuing an online call for military violence against U.S. citizens so extraordinary it was partially obscured by Twitter.
“I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. 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,” Trump tweeted minutes before 1 a.m.
In the second part of his message, Trump wrote: “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!”
The president’s early morning post, which came at the beginning of the fourth day of raging protests in Minnesota’s Twin Cities, earned a warning label from Twitter for violating its policies on “glorifying violence.”
But the social media platform “determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible,” and allowed users to view Trump’s tweet if they chose. Twitter’s communications team also tweeted it had “placed a public interest notice” on the post in part due to the “risk it could inspire similar actions today.”….