Five US police officers were reportedly shot by gunfire during protests St. Louis over the death of George Floyd, just a few hours after President Donald Trump vowed to use the military to end the unrest.
The Mayor of Washington, DC, Muriel Bowser said “I imposed a curfew at 7pm,” she tweeted. “A full 25 minutes before the curfew & w/o provocation, federal police used munitions on peaceful protestors in front of the White House, an act that will make the job of DCPoliceDept officers more difficult. Shameful!”
To deploy the armed forces on US ground, the US President would be required to formally invoke a group of statutes known as the Insurrection Act.
Trump has condemned and promised justice for the killing of Floyd, a 46-year-old African American who died after a white policeman pinned his neck under a knee in Minneapolis on May 25.
“Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled,” Trump said. “If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.”
Floyd’s death has indeed reignited simmering social tensions in a politically divided nation that has been hammered by the COVID-19 pandemic, with African Americans accounting for a disproportionately majority of cases.
Ghana’s President Nana Akufo-Addo said Black people across the world are “shocked and distraught” by the killing of George Floyd in police custody.
“Black people, the world over, are shocked and distraught by the killing of an unarmed black man, George Floyd, by a white police officer in the United States of America.” Akufo-Addo said in a statement.
Javad Zarif, the Iranian foreign ministry, has called on the US to “stop the violence” against its people in the face of large protests sweeping the nation
“To the American people: the world has heard your outcry over the state of oppression. The world is standing with you,” foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said at a news conference in Tehran on Monday.
A media watchdog has called on US authorities to stop targeting journalists covering protests
Australia has also opened an investigation on a reported US police attack on two Australian journalists outside the White House with the intention to launch a formal complaint, the foreign minister said.
“We have asked the Australian embassy in Washington DC to investigate this incident,” Marise Payne, the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs said. “I want to get further advice on how we would go about registering Australia’s strong concerns with the responsible local authorities in Washington,”