The assassination of George Floyd, a black man in the United States, has sparked riots, with hundreds of citizens protesting in Portland despite a curfew.
Demonstrations are also taking place in front of the Congress building in Washington. In the wake of the growing protests, the administration has decided to file charges against three more fired police officers involved in George Floyd’s death.
The lawsuit against the white police officer, who had a knee on Floyd’s neck, included more serious charges. On the other hand, US Secretary of Defense Mark Asper spoke out against his own president’s decision. Mark Asper said there was no need to call in troops to disperse the protesters.
Former Secretary of Defense James Mattis also linked President Trump’s actions to those of Nazi Germans, saying that Trump is dividing the American people. He criticized Trump’s decision to call the army to violate the constitutional rights of citizens.
Former President Barack Obama addressed a rally online and called on all mayors to take political action and push for police reform. He also urged protestors to remain peaceful.
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