The entire Minnesota National Guard was activated for the first time since World War II after two nights of protests accompanied by violence following the killing of an African-American by a white police officer in Minneapolis, Reuters reported.
Minnesota Gov. Tim Waltz said the deployment was necessary because extremists were using demonstrations over George Floyd’s death to wreak havoc, and that he expected protests to intensify tonight.
US President Donald Trump has said the military must deploy troops in Minneapolis very quickly in response to fierce protests following the killing of a black man by a police officer who pinched his throat with a knee.
A U.S. spokesman, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the military had ordered military police to prepare to deploy quickly if local authorities asked for their help.
Trump also said that if protesters broke through the White House fence, they would be greeted by “the worst dogs and the scariest weapons.”
Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, a Democrat, told the Republican president on Twitter that “there are no evil dogs and terrible weapons. There is just a scared man.”
“While he (Trump) hides behind his fence scared / alone, I stand against people peacefully expressing their rights under the First Amendment after the assassination of George Floyd and hundreds of years of institutionalized racism,” added Browser, who is black.
A woman threw a Molotov cocktail into a police van with four police officers in New York today during a demonstration against the murder of George Floyd, AFP reported. The police managed to escape unharmed. The woman was arrested along with her sister, who tried to prevent the arrest.
Police in New York have detained more than 200 people who took part in yesterday’s protests, New York Police Chief Dermot Shea was quoted as saying by TASS.
Between 400 and 500 people have been arrested in Los Angeles in riots following the murder of a colored man in Minneapolis, according to CNN.