It was a tough night for law enforcement across the nation as protests over George Floyd’s death turned violent yet again. Rioters and looters rampaged in Los Angeles, New York City, St. Louis and Las Vegas, setting fires in many areas.
The St. Louis Police Department tweeted:
“Officers are still taking gunfire downtown & we will share more info as it available.”
An officer was also shot in Las Vegas near the Strip.
As the protests raged and violence increased, President Trump dug in his heels, saying that rightful protests won’t be drowned out by an “angry mob.”
“Mayors and governors must establish an overwhelming law enforcement presence until the violence has been quelled. 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.”
To prove his point, Trump had law enforcement officers use tear gas and rubber bullets to clear a path through protesters for him to walk from the White House to nearby St. John’s Episcopal Church, a site that had been vandalized just days before. Trump carried a bible and posed for photos with his daughter Ivanka and U.S. Attorney General William Barr in front of the church.
Back in New York City, crowds smashed the windows and doors of luxury stores on Fifth Avenue before the 11 PM curfew. After the melee, Mayor de Blasio said the curfew would move to 8 PM starting Tuesday.