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George Floyd death: Trump calls protesters ‘thugs’ and threatens to shoot them

George Floyd protesters

US President Donald Trump took to Twitter to lash out at those protesting in Minneapolis over the cruel death of an unarmed black man, calling those involved in the street clashes “thugs.”

Trump said he would not “stand back and watch this happen to a great American city” adding he told the Minnesota governor “the military is with him all the way.”

“Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts the shooting starts,” Trump warned. Twitter later added a message to the tweets saying it “violated the Twitter Rules about glorifying violence.”

 

George Floyd

Protests have kicked off all around the US since the death of George Floyd. They are calling for criminal charges to be brought against four police officers who were involved in the arrest of 46-year-old.

A video of Mr Floyd’s arrest shows him handcuffed and on the ground with one officer with his knee on Mr Floyd’s neck for eight minutes. George Floyd repeatedly tells the officer “I can’t breathe” All four officers have been fired, but not arrested. 

Earlier on Thursday night, protesters torched a police station in Minneapolis after it was abandoned by the retreating force, while violent clashes have spread to the twin city of St Paul. 

 

George Floyd Phoenix rally

Phoenix rally

George Floyd rally

Protests spread across the US over the killing of an unarmed black man who did not resist arrest

George Floyd Minneapolis protest

Minneapolis rally

Trump says military ready to deal with geroge floyd protesters

Trump says military ready to deal with George Floyd protesters in Minneapolis

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