The United States President, Donald Trump has threatened people protesting the death of George Floyd with “vicious dogs” and “ominous weapons” if they had breached the fence outside the White House, where members of the US Secret Service are “waiting for action”.
In a Twitter thread posted after another night of protests and uprisings against police brutality across the US, the President Donald Trump suggested that US Secret Service members look forward to inflicting violence.
“The front line was replaced with fresh agents, like magic. Big crowd, professionally organized, but nobody came close to breaching the fence. If they had they would have been greeted with the most vicious dogs, and most ominous weapons, I have ever seen. That’s when people would have been really badly hurt, at least. Many Secret Service agents just waiting for action. ‘We put the young ones on the front line, sir, they love it, and … good practice.” president Trump said.
His posts also appeared to try to undermine protesters calling for justice in the wake of killings of black men by police by saying that the US Secret Service (which he appraised as “not only totally professional, but very cool”) had “let the ‘protesters’ scream [and] rant as much as they wanted” but “whenever someone got too frisky or out of line, they would quickly come down on them, hard — didn’t know what hit them.”
Now-former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was charged with murder on Friday following the killing of Mr Floyd four days earlier, when video captured Mr Chauvin kneeling into the neck of Mr Floyd for several minutes.
President Donald Trump has described the incident as “a terrible, terrible thing” and said he had spoken with Mr Floyd’s family, whom he described as “terrific people”.
The Floyd case has reignited US anger over police killings of black Americans, and reopened deep wounds over racial inequality across the nation.
It follows the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner and others, which have all occurred since the Black Lives Matter movement was sparked by the acquittal of neighbourhood watchman George Zimmerman in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin in 2012.