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Four Police Officers Shot In St. Louis Protests, As Trump Stages Ridiculous Bible Photo-Op

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Four Police Officers Shot In St. Louis Protests, As Trump Stages Ridiculous Bible Photo-Op

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On June 1st, 4 St. Louis police officers were shot by protesters, hours after US President Donald Trump vowed to use the U.S. military to halt the spreading clashes.

None of their lives are in danger.

 

Trump, in another step undermining his own authority and further proving he is not the ally of the people, posted at a church, while holding a bible after law enforcement officers used teargas and rubber bullets to clear the way for him to walk there after he made his remarks in the White House Rose Garden.

In his address, Trump said that these were not “acts of peaceful protests” but rather acts of “domestic terror” and threatened that the army would be mobilized to curb the violence.

Separately, rioters set fire to a strip mall in Los Angeles, looted stores in New York City.

Trump has condemned the killing of George Floyd, a 46-year-old African American who died after a white policeman pinned his neck under a knee for nearly nine minutes in Minneapolis on May 25th.

He, however, said that protests shouldn’t be turned into an “angry mob” and that looting and violence would be met with even more severe response.

“Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled,” Trump said. “If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.”

Following the address, Trump walked through an area that had been cleared by police to nearby St. John’s Episcopal Church, where he posed for pictures with his daughter, Ivanka, and U.S. Attorney General William Barr.

It was an absurd charade.

Even the bishop of the Episcopal Church diocese in Washington D. C., Michael Curry criticized Trump for the photo opportunity.

A second autopsy ordered by George Floyd’s family and released on Monday found his death was homicide by “mechanical asphyxiation,” or physical force that interfered with his oxygen supply. The report says three officers contributed to his death.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner later released autopsy findings that also called Floyd’s death homicide by asphyxiation.

George Floyd’s killer, Derek Chauvin, the 44-year-old Minneapolis police officer who kneeled on Floyd, was arrested on third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter charges. Three other officers involved in the arrest have not been charged.

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