On 1 June, Monday morning, US President, Donald Trump advised all the governors to “dominate” the ongoing protest. Trump gave this advice over a conference. The protest in the US is for the killing of George Floyd. Trump said in the conference, “If you don’t dominate, you’re wasting your time.”
Houston police chief Art Acevedo responded to Trump in an interview with CNN. He advised Trump to ‘keep mouth shut’.
He said, “Let me just say this to the President of the United States, on behalf of the police chiefs of this country: please, if you don’t have something constructive to say, keep your mouth shut.”
“It’s not about dominance, it’s about winning hearts and minds,” he added.
Further, he requested Trump to not to risk the lives of young people.
Earlier, as protests intensified across the United States, several cops knelt and walked in solidarity with demonstrators, condemning Floyd’s death. Many Governors including the Governor of California too, had rejected Trump’s call for ‘dominance’.
Trump: Violent Protest Over The Death Of George Floyd Were A “Disgrace”
Meanwhile, Trump has warned protestors of military action. Speaking from the White House Rose Garden on Monday, he said the violent protests in Washington DC over the death of George Floyd were a “disgrace” and warned that a curfew will be “strictly enforced,” even as protestors were pushed out of the park by authorities ahead of his address.
Floyd died on 25 May after he was pinned at the neck by a Minneapolis police officer. Many protests have gripped different parts of the United States in the last five days.
“Your knee in my neck. I can’t breathe… Mama. Mama,” unarmed, shirtless, Floyd pleaded.
Onlookers recorded the scene as Floyd, slowly grew silent and motionless. Further, not able to move even as the officers taunted him to “get up and get in the car.”
Later taken to a hospital, he was declared dead.
Recently, the protest moved in front of the White House. The AP report said Trump spent nearly an hour in the bunker, which was designed for use in emergencies like terrorist attacks.