The second week of the largest riots in the United States began at least this century. Unrest swept the whole country. More than four dozen cities, including New York, Washington and Los Angeles, have announced a curfew, which, however, no one is following. Protest demonstrations against police brutality, usually starting peacefully and eventually escalating into clashes with the police and often pogroms and robberies, take place in approximately 250 American cities.
This has not happened in America for more than half a century, after the assassination of Martin Luther King in 1968. In New York, for example, curfew was first announced at 11 p.m., but then Mayor Bill De Blasio announced that restrictive measures would be effective from eight o’clock on Tuesday.
Messages coming in recent days from the US are more and more reminiscent of news from hot spots. First of all, a comparison comes to mind with the Middle East and especially Gaza, where such events are not uncommon.
Donald Trump announced his readiness to send troops to the cities and threatens the rioters with long prison sentences.
“Mayors and governors must ensure the overwhelming presence of law enforcement until the violence subsides,” said President Trump. “If a city or state refuses to take the actions necessary to protect the lives and property of its residents, I will send troops and quickly solve everything their problems”.
Immediately after these harsh words, Donald Trump went to take pictures on the background of the St. John’s Church, better known as the Presidential Church and located next to the White House. Naturally, before this, the police dispersed the demonstrators, who, by the way, on the eve of the church were set on fire. For this photo shoot, the president received another batch of criticism, not only from the Democrats, but also from church leaders.
The Pentagon announced the entry into the capital of 800 military. So far, however, we are talking about the national guards. In total, the national guard is trying to restore order in almost half of the US states – at 23.
In some places, the demonstrations are generally peaceful, but in most cities, demonstrators restore justice by robbing and setting fire to shops. The police in the USA, as it turned out, are different. The whole world is surprised to see frames in which law enforcement officers express solidarity with the Protestants and kneel down. However, such police officers, at least, are still a minority. Most law enforcement officers do not stand on ceremony and actively disperse the demonstrators with batons, rubber bullets and tear gas.
The unrest, we recall, began after the murder by the police in Minneapolis of 46-year-old George Floyd, who paid at the grocery store with a fake twenty-dollar bill. The law enforcement officers threw the unarmed and not resisting African American onto the asphalt, and one of them crushed his neck with his knee and did not let go despite his pleas for several minutes, until he calmed down and stopped moving. An autopsy, by the way, is the second, carried out at the insistence of the Floyd family, showed that death came as a result of strangulation. According to the results of the first autopsy conducted by the authorities, Floyd had a whole bunch of illnesses, burdened with drug use and metaphetamine in particular.
The 44-year-old policeman (already former) Derek Chavin, who had strangled George Floyd, was charged with third-degree murder. The maximum penalty for this in Minnesota is 25 years. The trial of Chavin will take place after the unrest ends.
The death of George Floyd is the last in a long series of similar deaths of African Americans, caused by police brutality and aroused strong criticism of US law enforcement in racism. They often end in riots, but there has not been any unrest since the riots in Los Angeles caused by the killing of Rodney King by the police. After the four law enforcement officers were acquitted, black Americans took to the streets of Los Angeles. The riots then lasted five days. As a result, 63 people died and one billion dollars worth of damage.