“I am your president, by law and order” and “ally of all peaceful protesters,” said Trump. But “in the last few days – he continued – our nation has been held in the grip of professional anarchists, violent bosses, incendiary people, looters, criminals, rioters, antifa and others”.
The nation, Trump added, needs “security and not anarchy”.After surgery in the Rose Garden of the White House, Trump went on foot to the nearby church of St. John Episcopal, which was damaged during the protests. “Now I’m going to pay tribute to a very special place,” said the American president, who later went back to the Bible with his hand. To help Trump get to the church safely, police fired tear gas and rubber bullets at protesters who were peacefully protesting.
Trump therefore wants to resort to the Insurrection Act, a law of 1807. The president has reported that he has already ordered the mobilization of “thousands and thousands of heavily armed men, military personnel and law enforcement officers” to stop the violence in Washington Dc. The Insurrection Act gives the President of the United States the power, in exceptional cases, to mobilize the federal army and the National Guard for police duties. This is a measure signed by Thomas Jefferson and last invoked in 1992, to quell protests in Los Angeles after the acquittal of agents who beat African American Rodney King to death.
The coroner who performed the autopsy on George Floyd’s body, meanwhile, said that the 46-year-old African American died of “a cardiac arrest caused by the pressure exerted on his neck” by the policemen who had stopped him. So it was a “murder”. In a preliminary report it was ruled out that this was the cause of his death. Already from a previous autopsy, commissioned by Floyd’s family members, it emerged that it was murder.