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World Trump tries a new response after George Floyd's death

07:16  29 may  2020
07:16  29 may  2020 Source:   msn.com

Minnesota Gov. activates the National Guard after days of protests and looting in response to the police custody death of George Floyd

  Minnesota Gov. activates the National Guard after days of protests and looting in response to the police custody death of George Floyd The Governor of Minnesota Tim Walz said Thursday: 'I declare a peacetime emergency in the City of Minneapolis, the City of St. Paul, and surrounding communities.'Tim Walz released the following statement on Thursday: 'By the authority vested in me by the Constitution and applicable statutes, do hereby issue this Executive Order: On May 27, 2020, George Floyd died while in custody of the Minneapolis Police Department. Our state watched Mr. Floyd's humanity be erased.

“I feel very, very badly," Trump said Thursday of George Floyd ' s death while handcuffed and in the custody. WASHINGTON (AP) — It was the kind of personal statement expected from a president in response to the disturbing video of a black man gasping for help as a white policeman pinned him to

Mr. Floyd ’ s death also spurred protests in Memphis and Los Angeles, where law enforcement officials faced off with people blocking the 101 Freeway downtown. Mr. Floyd , 46, died on Monday after being handcuffed and pinned to the ground by a white police officer who pressed his knee on Mr. Floyd ’ s

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It was the kind of personal statement expected from a president in response to the disturbing video of a black man gasping for help as a white policeman pinned him to the street by the neck. But it was a very different tone for President Donald Trump, who has often been silent in the face of white-on-black violence and has a long history of defending police. 

“I feel very, very badly," Trump said Thursday of George Floyd's death while handcuffed and in the custody of police in Minneapolis. "That’s a very shocking sight.”

M Pokora affected by the death of George Floyd: his message committed against police violence

 M Pokora affected by the death of George Floyd: his message committed against police violence © Bakounine / ABACA M Pokora affected by the death of George Floyd: his message committed against police violence M Pokora showed solidarity with movement denouncing police brutality in the United States. While George Floyd was killed during an arrest in Minneapolis, celebrities and anonymous people alike used social media to raise awareness about a recurring topic across the Atlantic. The images of the violent arrest which preceded the death of George Floyd shocked.

Protests over George Floyd ' s death are spreading across America. NYPD officers were seen brawling on the ground with protesters and at least 40 people Authorities had claimed Floyd resisted arrest but new footage Wednesday cast fresh doubt on those claims, showing two cops forcibly removing

For Thomas, watching George Floyd die on video under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer was bad enough Investigators probing George Floyd ’ s death pleaded for the public’s patience and understanding as they Trump says federal government ‘very much involved’ in Floyd investigation.

Once more likely to hew to the “blue lives matter” mantra, Trump and his allies are questioning an officer’s conduct and calling for justice for Floyd. But some activists doubt that Trump has suddenly evolved on the issue of police brutality and instead see election year political calculations.

“This is the first race-tinged case that I’ve ever heard him address” as president, said the Rev. Al Sharpton, a civil rights activist and Trump critic who has known the president for decades. “So therefore he cannot be upset when people feel that it’s empty words because it is so out of character.”

Katrina Pierson, senior adviser to Trump’s campaign, said he was taking the death seriously.

"He is doing his job as president and looking out for the interests of all Americans,” she said.

The United States under tension after the death of a black man at the hands of the police

 The United States under tension after the death of a black man at the hands of the police © Stephen Maturen A car burnt down during clashes between the police and demonstrators in Minneapolis on May 27, 2020, following the death of a black man after his muscular arrest From the fiery streets of Minneapolis to the White House, via the UN, calls were more urgent Thursday to demand justice after the death of a black man at the hands of the police.

Trump reacts to Floyd ' s death . George Floyd , 46, died Monday evening, shortly after video footage showed him handcuffed, gasping for air Pro-democracy lawmakers and activists speak during a press conference in response to a proposal to enact new Hong Kong security legislation by Beijing, in Hong

Floyd ’ s death has drawn comparisons to that of Eric Garner, who died in 2014 after an officer with the New York Police Department placed him in a chokehold Most recently, US President Donald Trump spoke on the case via Twitter and stated that he had requested that the federal probes into Floyd ’ s

Trump has been silent after a number of high-profile police-involved killings, including that of Stephon Clark, an unarmed black man fatally shot by Sacramento police in 2018.

“This is something that is a local matter and that’s something that we feel should be left up to the local authorities,” then-White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said at the time.

President Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive order aimed at curbing protections for social media giants, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) © Provided by Associated Press President Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive order aimed at curbing protections for social media giants, in the Oval Office of the White House, Thursday, May 28, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) He has never addressed the 2014 death of Eric Garner, who was placed in a chokehold by police trying to arrest him for selling loose cigarettes. Video of the incident was viewed millions of times online and Garner’s dying words, “I can’t breathe,” became a rallying cry for the Black Lives Matter movement. Trump has, however, invoked those words on several occasions to mock political rivals, even bringing his hands to his neck for dramatic affect.

Death of George Floyd in Minneapolis: the police officer in question arrested and imprisoned

 Death of George Floyd in Minneapolis: the police officer in question arrested and imprisoned © REUTERS / Eric Miller Americans demand justice on May 29, 2020 after the death of George Floyd during his arrest in Minneapolis. The police officer implicated in the death of George Floyd, this American black whose death rekindled the racial wounds of the United States, was arrested and charged with manslaughter Friday as demanded for several days by the demonstrators, whose anger was took the form of riots in Minneapolis. "The police involved in the death of Mr.

Trump earlier in the day called Floyd ' s death a "very, very sad" situation during a trip to Florida for the launch of the SpaceX rocket ship. (The launch was delayed due to inclement weather after he arrived.) The president's tweet also came after presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden called

George Floyd was starting a new life. Mr Floyd , 46, a dad of a six-year-old girl, was originally from Houston and had moved to Minneapolis in 2014 for a new start. Floyd was charged in 2007 with armed robbery in a home invasion in Houston and in 2009 was sentenced to five years in prison as part of a

Trump has a long history of injecting himself into racially sensitive cases. In 1989, he took out full-page newspaper ads calling for the death penalty for the Central Park Five, five young men of color who were wrongly convicted of a brutal assault on a jogger. Trump has never apologized, telling reporters last year that, “You have people on both sides of that.”

Trump also spent years railing against NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick for kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality. And he has even appeared to advocate for the rougher treatment of people in police custody, speaking dismissively of the police practice of shielding the heads of handcuffed suspects as they are being placed in patrol cars.

But Trump's tone has changed in recent weeks as he has repeatedly expressed dismay at footage of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, the 25-year-old unarmed black man fatally shot in February in Georgia while jogging.

“You know, my heart goes out to the parents and the family and the friends," he told reporters this month. "It’s a heartbreaking thing.”

Madonna: her son David pays homage to George Floyd while dancing and Twitter does not spare

 Madonna: her son David pays homage to George Floyd while dancing and Twitter does not spare © Agence - Bestimage Madonna: her son David pays homage to George Floyd while dancing and Twitter does not spare La mort de George Floyd continues to react. To honor the 40-year-old black man who died in Minneapolis after a very violent arrest, Madonna shared a video of her son David dancing in his kitchen. An initiative that was not unanimous. In the United States, the tension is still very high after the death of George Floyd.

Protests over the death of George Floyd , an African-American man who died in police custody, have intensified in Minneapolis. Tim Walz activated the Minnesota National Guard on Thursday after two nights of escalating protests following the death of George Floyd , declaring a state of emergency in

Minneapolis police used tear gas during protests for the second night in a row over the death of George Floyd , who died after being restrained by police.

The president has notably left open the possibility of some other explanation, saying: “it could be something that we didn’t see on tape."

Trump and his allies have been even clearer on the death of Floyd, who can be heard in a tape pleading that he could't breathe before he slowly stops talking and moving.

Trump “was very upset when he saw that video," White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Thursday. “It was egregious, appalling, tragic," she said. “He wants justice to be served.”

Trump's conservative allies also rallied to the cause.

Fox News host Sean Hannity made clear that he is "a big supporter of law enforcement," but expressed outrage Wednesday night, telling his audience that, "The lack of training here is breathtaking.

“It defies common sense. It defies training. It defies arrest policies and procedures. There was no resistance,” echoed Bernie Kerik, the former New York police commissioner earlier pardoned by Trump.

“We got to get to the very bottom of how this poor individual was treated, and the death of him on the video itself is shocking from what I saw,” said Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Even conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, who once called Black Lives Matter a “terrorist group,” said Thursday that Floyd’s death was totally “unjustified” and he was “so mad.”

Death of George Floyd: hundreds of demonstrators in front of the White House

 Death of George Floyd: hundreds of demonstrators in front of the White House © Nicholas Kamm Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in front of the White House, May 29, 2020 Hundreds of people demonstrated Friday evening in front of the White House to express their anger after the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man, at the hands of the police. His death Monday during a violent arrest rekindled the racial wounds of the United States.

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The outpouring comes as the campaign has sought to chip into the advantage Democrats have with black voters. The campaign hopes either to win enough black support to keep pivotal states such as Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin in play or minimize enthusiasm for Democratic rival Joe Biden. There could be a small window after Biden last week told a prominent black radio host that African Americans who back Trump “ain’t black,” a gaffe he later said he regretted.

Trump and his allies have seized on that and other Biden statements, even though Biden, who served as vice president under the nation’s first black president, remains deeply popular among black voters, who helped him secure the Democratic nomination.

Indeed, a recent Fox News poll found that just 14% of African Americans who are registered to vote have a favorable opinion of Trump, versus 75% who have a favorable view of Biden.

Chris White, the longtime director of the Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, questioned the sincerity of Republicans’ response to the deaths of Arbery and Floyd. The White House and Department of Justice have long had the power to address these issues.

“Any time we hear politicians speaking about dealing with police brutality in the middle of election year, it’s just meaningless rhetoric that has a hollow promise and it’s not really sincere," he said.

Sharpton credited both the magnitude of outrage in response to Floyd's death as well as the election for the changed approach. But he doubted many black voters will be swayed with an approach they may see as too little too late.

“It's like a father that misses a kid’s graduation of high school, graduation of college," he said. “He can't be upset when the kid looks at him suspiciously when he's there when he graduates with his PhD."

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Associated Press writer Kat Stafford in Detroit contributed to this report

Michelle Obama's plea after George Floyd's death: 'A heartbreak that never seems to stop' .
Obama went on to mention Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, as well as Eric Garner, Sandra Bland and Michael Brown. "It just goes on, and on, and on. Race and racism is a reality that so many of us grow up learning to just deal with."The lawyer and author then issued a plea for "everyone", regardless of race, to help root out racism."[I]f we ever hope to move past it, it can't just be on people of colour to deal with it. It's up to all of us—Black, white, everyone—no matter how well-meaning we think we might be, to do the honest, uncomfortable work of rooting it out," she continued.

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