KanyiDaily had reported how George Floyd died during arrest on Monday, after a white police officer pinned him to the ground by pressing his knee into Floyd’s neck as the black man repeatedly said, “I can’t breathe.”
Protesters had began demonstrating at the scene of Floyd’s encounter with police on Tuesday afternoon, with hundreds joining in before the crowd march towards Minneapolis Police’s 3rd Precinct, which is about two miles north of the scene.
— Chris McGreal (@ChrisMcGreal) May 29, 2020
On Thursday, the protesters swarmed the Minneapolis Police Department’s 3rd Precinct station just after 11 p.m. just after officers abandoned the facility.
The Demonstrators breached the door and entered the station and set fire to the police department, resulting in destruction and further upheaval.
Completely surreal. Watching the Third Precinct burn surround by thousands of people in complete anarchy. pic.twitter.com/qNVNAJIlA7
— Mark Vancleave 🎥+📰=🎉 (@MDVancleave) May 29, 2020
Standing in front of the fires burning outside the Minneapolis Police Department’s Third Precinct station, the one of the protesters was heard saying:
“It’s always been peaceful before. This is the first time I feel like we’re actually taking action, showing our anger.”
Protesters stormed the station, he said, to send a clear message:
“The police weren’t welcome in their neighborhood. We can’t have them back here. We gotta show them we mean business. It’s as simple as that,” he said,”They’re corrupt, the Minneapolis Police Department.”
In response, President Trump tweeted on Friday that the demonstrators were “THUGS,” while suggesting military intervention and warning that there would be additional violence if looting continued.
President Trump blamed Minneapolis Mayor, Jacob Frey, for the city’s Third Precinct building getting overrun by protesters who he described as “thugs”.
He said the mayor needed to “get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right.”
“I can’t stand back & watch this happen to a great American City, Minneapolis. A total lack of leadership. Either the very weak Radical Left Mayor, Jacob Frey, get his act together and bring the City under control, or I will send in the National Guard & get the job done right…” Trump wrote.
“…These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!”
….These THUGS are dishonoring the memory of George Floyd, and I won’t let that happen. Just spoke to Governor Tim Walz and told him that the Military is with him all the way. Any difficulty and we will assume control but, when the looting starts, the shooting starts. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 29, 2020
Meanwhile, award winning pop singer, Madonna has come under fire after she posted a video of her teenage son, David Banda, dancing to Michael Jackson‘s “They Don’t Care About Us” with the apparent intention of paying tribute to George Floyd.