Protests and riots rage across the United States in retaliation to the death of George Floyd


Protests and riots have raged across the US this past week in retaliation to the death of George Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis early last week. Across the country, crowds of hundreds or even thousands have filled the streets and held up traffic of many major cities. Although many of these protests began as peaceful demonstrations in honor of George Floyd, there have been numerous protests that have turned violent. Stores have been looted and burned, police have been pelted with rocks and bottles, and hundreds of rioters have been arrested. Over 40 cities have instituted mandatory curfews in an attempt to slow the vandalism and violence that have accompanied many of these protests. Members of the National Guard have been deployed in at least 23 states and the nation’s capital. ~

Many of these protests were organized by major civil rights groups, such as Black Lives Matter. However, many law enforcement officials have said that they are aware of outside groups starting some of the violence, using the legitimate protests in Minneapolis and other places as cover to commit acts of violence. Those domestic extremist groups in question include white supremacists, anarchists, and far-left extremists, which could include but is not limited to Antifa, the Base, and Atomwaffen Divisionsome. ~

According to CBS News, President Donald Trump, speaking from the Rose Garden Monday, called himself an “ally of peaceful protesters” and vowed to return order to American streets using military force if the widespread violence isn’t quelled. George Floyd’s brother, Terrence Floyd, also condemned the violence while speaking to a crowd at the site of his brother’s death Monday. “I understand you all are upset … (but) if I’m not over here blowing up stuff, if I’m not over here messing up my community, what are y’all doing?” he shouted to the crowd. “That’s not going to bring my brother back at all.” Many celebrities, such as Gabrielle Union, Lizzo, Noname, Jameela Jamil, and Chrissy Teigen, have shown support for protesters and rioters, with many donating to funds to bail out those arrested and other organizations dedicated to justice for the black community. ~

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