Police violence in the U.S. led to the death of black George Floyd, sparking a doubling of protests across the country,media BGR reported. Across the country this weekend, a large number of Americans took to the streets to protest the killing of an unarmed man by Minneapolis police. All this comes at a time when the United States is still struggling to cope with a new coronavirus pandemic — infection rates and deaths are still rising.
Trump tweeted a short tweet Sunday afternoon local time: “LAW and ORDER! Earlier in the day, he used the social network to call on cities and state governments across the country to recruit more National Guard troops. Media predict that U.S. President Donald Trump is likely to point the finger at protests this weekend to distract attention from his administration’s response to the virus if he sees a surge in new coronavirus cases in the coming days.
As of the time of writing, the number of new crown confirmed cases in the United States had exceeded 1.78 million and the number of deaths exceeded 104,000, according to the Global New Coronary Pneumonia Data Real-Time Statistics System released by Johns Hopkins University. At the same time, protests continued to multiply and escalate in dozens of cities across the United States.
French and British footballers showed their support for the George Floyd protests during Sunday’s match. One of the players lifted up his jersey and flashed a T-shirt with the words “Justice for George Floyd” underneath.
Nearly 40 cities across the U.S. have imposed curfews in response to the protests, and as of Sunday morning, the U.S. had deployed about 5,000 National Guard members in more than a dozen states, CNN reported.
At least six people were shot dead in Chicago on Saturday, one of them dead. Some 240 people were also arrested. Police Chief David Brown told news.news.theo-news agency on Sunday that the police car was overturned and covered in graffiti.
Michael Jordan made the following statement about the death of George Floyd via the Charlotte Hornets’ Twitter account.