Trump says military could respond quickly to Minneapolis unrest

Elias Hubbard
May 31, 2020

In the U.S. city of Minneapolis, increasingly violent protests over the death of an unarmed black man in police custody have continued for a third night.

On Friday, many people threw rocks at police officers, who responded by using tear gas and rubber bullets.

"People are angry, they are frustrated because this is not the first police killing they have seen around the country", Al Sharpton, a prominent black rights activist, told MSNBC.

A police station was set ablaze, prompting Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey to order an evacuation.

The state's national guard announced the 500 troops were being deployed on Friday morning for peacekeeping amid signs that the anger was nowhere near dissipating.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D) also said Saturday that only 20% of the protesters who have been arrested are state residents - meaning 80% do not live in The Gopher State.

CNN protested, saying the arrests were a clear violation of their rights.

On Saturday, Walz mobilized the full force of the Minnesota National Guard in response to the widespread violence.

After the angry demonstrations spread overnight to multiple USA cities, from NY to Phoenix, President Donald Trump blasted local officials and labelled the protesters "thugs" and threatened a harsh crackdown. "Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts".

This comes after the death of George Floyd, who prosecutors say was murdered by now-fired Minneapolis Police Officer Derek Chauvin on Monday evening near Cup Foods on 38th Street South and Chicago Avenue. Police urged protesters to "please choose peace", posting a video message from a member of Taylor's family asking those in the streets to "go home and be safe and be ready to keep fighting".

Frey declared an emergency Thursday, but can only implement unilaterally one for 72 hours.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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