George Floyd Death Protests: Police Fire Tear Gas Near White House As Donald Trump Vows Military Deployment To Control Protests
Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse peaceful demonstrators near the White House on Monday as US President Donald Trump vowed a massive show of force to end violent protests over the death of a black man in police custody.
Reuters photographer Jonathan Ernst said law enforcement including officers on horseback moved on protesters in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House.
At nearly the same moment, Trump spoke in the Rose Garden and vowed to end unrest in major cities across the nation "now," saying that he would deploy the military if state governors refused to call out the National Guard. "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." [L1N2DE2KQ]