George Floyd death: Trump threatens to send in army to end unrest

(BBC) – President Donald Trump has threatened to send in the military to quell growing civil unrest in the US over the death of a black man in police custody.

He said if cities and states failed to control the protests and “defend their residents” he would deploy the army and “quickly solve the problem for them”.

Protests over the death of George Floyd have escalated over the past week.

On Tuesday the Las Vegas sheriff said an officer died in a shooting after police attempted to disperse a crowd.

Dozens of people have been injured as authorities used tear gas and force to disperse protests which have swept more than 75 cities.

Four officers meanwhile were shot and injured on Monday night during unrest in St Louis, Missouri.

Dozens of major cities have imposed overnight curfews.

  • In New York on Monday night, the iconic department store Macy’s was broken into, as shops were looted and windows smashed
  • Curfew in the city will resume at 20:00 (midnight GMT) on Tuesday
  • In Chicago, two people were reported killed amid unrest, although the circumstances are unclear
  • The chief of police in Louisville, Kentucky has been sacked after law enforcement officers fired into a crowd on Sunday night, killing the owner of a nearby business
  • Australian PM Scott Morrison has demanded an investigation into the alleged assault by police of two Australian journalists covering protests in Washington DC
  • Music channels and celebrities have pledged to mark Blackout Tuesday, pausing for eight minutes – the length of time a police officer knelt on Mr Floyd’s neck

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