MINNEAPOLIS — This was President Donald Trump’s pledge amid days of violent protests that have erupted from coast to coast in the wake of George Floyd’s death.
Floyd, an unarmed black man, pleaded for his life, while a white Minneapolis officer put his knee on his neck and left it there until he expired.
Terrence Floyd appealed for peace at a makeshift memorial in Minneapolis, where his brother was killed exactly one week ago, saying the civil unrest and destruction is not going to bring his brother back.
“I just want to hear this again. What’s his name? George Floyd. What’s his name? George Floyd. What’s his name? George Floyd. George. Floyd. George. Floyd. George. Floyd. Let’s switch it up. Do this peacefully, please.”
But Trump is not contented with assurances of peaceful demonstrations.
On Tuesday, he threatened to deploy the U.S. military unless states quickly put a stop to the ongoing unrest.
“That is why I am taking immediate presidential action to stop the violence and restore security and safety in America. I am mobilizing all available federal resources, civilian and military, to stop the rioting and looting, to end the destruction and arson, and to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans.”
Senate Democrats were reportedly set to introduce a resolution condemning Trump for ordering federal officers to use excessive force against peaceful protesters — calling this a violation of their constitutional rights.
The Trump administration remains unfazed amid the pushback and criticism. Attorney General Bill Barr released a statement on protests in Washington D.C., saying, “there will be even greater law enforcement resources and support in the region tonight.”
At least 9 people have died and dozens injured in the nationwide protests and riots, including police officers.
Over 5,600 people have been arrested.
More than a hundred cities across the country have imposed strict curfews in an attempt to quell the violence.