US President Donald Trump has threatened to use military power to stop violence amid George Floyd protest that has hit many cities across the USA.
Trump threatened to invoke the 1807 Insurrection Act to mobilize the military around the country and “quickly solve the problem.”
Protests have erupted across U.S. cities and beyond the killing of African-American George Floyd, who died after a police officer knelt on his neck in Minneapolis on May 25.
A Minneapolis prosecutor has charged the now-fired police officer Derek Chauvin with third-degree murder and manslaughter following Floyd’s death.
Chauvin was seen in the footage of an amateur video pressing his knee on the neck of the unarmed male African American for several minutes although the latter had been arrested, handcuffed, and pinned to the ground. The 46-year-old Floyd later died. Chauvin and three other officers involved in the incident have been sacked.
At least 40 cities have imposed curfews, including Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Seattle. About 5,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen were activated in 15 states and Washington, D.C.