Trump takes action in the case of George Floyd
President Trump called for the immediate investigation of the death of George Floyd, while in the custody of Minneapolis Police officers. A video surfaced yesterday showing that officer Derek Chauvin pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for about six minutes. Floyd was already handcuffed and pinned to the ground and could be heard pleading with police that he couldn't breathe. Three other officers stood by while the bizarre scene took place. All four officers have been fired and now face charges. Floyd happened to be black and the black community of Minneapolis is calling for murder charges to be filed.
The President was in Florida yesterday when he got the news, which had gone national from Monday to Tuesday, and immediately called on the FBI and DOJ:
“At my request, the FBI and the Department of Justice are already well into an investigation,” he later tweeted . “I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!
Another thing the black community of Minneapolis will now have to deal with & account for is the rioting and looting taking place over night and into today.
"A group of unruly protesters wreaked havoc in Minneapolis over the death of George Flody — setting fire to a store and looting another — and vandalizing a Minneapolis police precinct for the second day in a row.
Protestors once again targeted the city police department’s 3rd Precinct — where it’s believed the four officers involved in Floyd’s arrest worked — breaking the building’s windows despite a heavy police presence.
Dramatic photos from Wednesday’s protest show one man chucking a medal barricade toward the boarded-up entrance of the precinct.
Other demonstrators hurled rocks at windows, shattering them.
Police in riot gear tried to stem the mayhem by firing tear gas into the crowds, footage shows.
Chaos also unfolded at a number of nearby stores on Wednesday night.
Protesters looted a Target, vandalized a Wendy’s restaurant and set an Auto Zone ablaze, according to video footage posted on social media by reporters at the scene."
Former NYPD Commissioner Bernard Kerik said that "It defies common sense. It defies training. It defies arrest policies and procedures. There was no resistance," Kerik said. "They took him out of the car. They sat down. Then all of a sudden, he winds up in this position with his [Chauvin's] foot on his neck, his knee on his neck. Why? How did he get here? Why did he get there? Why did they keep his leg on on his back as long as he did?"