White House calls for 'law and order' as violent protests rage

Cheryl Sanders
June 1, 2020

A man holds up a sign near a burning building during protests sparked by the death of George Floyd while in police custody on May 29, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Police in the U.S. fired tear gas outside the White House late on Sunday as anti-racism protesters took to the streets for the sixth day to voice fury at police brutality.

Many states had already activated National Guard troops to help manage the pandemic, further straining local budgets with no immediate sign of relief from Congress as many tired Americans, particularly in urban areas, remain sheltered. At least 25 cities, including Los Angeles, have imposed curfews. While all four officers were fired last week, Chauvin was arrested and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter.

Trump also said that if the crowd had gotten too close to the White House, "vicious dogs" and "ominous weapons" would have been used against them. She said Antifa, an anti-fascist group, was "certainly behind" the violence.

Trump, who has been stoking division via Twitter amid the chaos by accusing to sic the military on the protesters and attacking Democratic lawmakers, was reportedly shaken by the demonstrations.

Trump was there for a little under an hour before being brought upstairs. "He's not helping. He is not leading, he is causing further disruption", Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms told CNN on Monday. "It will only make matters worse". Over 60 Secret Service officers and agents were injured this weekend in Washington as protests turned violent. Floyd's death was the latest in a string of similar incidents involving unarmed black men in recent years that has raised an outcry over police force and racism, and reignited outrage across a politically and racially divided country that has been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

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