Washington, June 3: President Donald Trump has threatened to deploy the military if the states fail to take necessary action to "dominate the streets" and "quell" the violent protests that have spread across the country over the custodial killing of African-American George Floyd.
During a hurriedly-convened address to the nation on Monday from the Rose Garden of the White House, Trump announced that he was dispatching "thousands and thousands" of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults, and the wanton destruction of property.
For about a week now, properties worth billions of dollars have been destroyed in the US, and rioters have damaged commercial centres, public places and looted shops and malls, in angry response to the killing of Floyd, a 46-year-old man, who was pinned to the ground in Minneapolis last week by a white police officer who knelt on his neck as he gasped for breath.
"If a city or state refuses to take action that is necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, I will deploy the US military and quickly solve the problem for them," he threatened.
"These are not acts of peaceful protest. These are acts of domestic terror," he said. In his address, Trump also said all Americans were "rightly sickened and revolted by the brutal death" of Floyd, and asserted that justice will be served. "I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our nation and that is exactly what I will do. My administration is fully committed that, for George and his family, justice will be served. He will not have died in vain," he said. The white cop, Derek Chauvin, has been charged with third-degree murder and will appear in court next week.-Agencies