Biden takes aim at Trump for photo opportunity at DC church

03 Juin, 2020, 06:37 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Reverend They turned holy ground into literal battle ground

Reports of officers using tear gas against protesters in Lafayette Park circulated Monday, with many saying the demonstrators were expelled from the area to make way for a photo opportunity by President Donald Trump at St. John's Episcopal Church.

He called it "reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles, which call us to defend the rights of all people even those with whom we might disagree".

After the curfew began in New York City, thousands of chanting and cheering protesters marched from the Barclays Center down Flatbush toward the Brooklyn Bridge as police helicopters whirred overheard.

On Monday night, demonstrators smashed windows and looted luxury stores on tony Fifth Avenue in NY, and set fire to a Los Angeles strip mall. "Tear-gassing peaceful protestors without provocation just so that the President could pose for photos outside a church dishonors every value that faith teaches us". He has derided local authorities, including state governors, for their response to the disturbances. "Act fast!" Mr Trump tweeted on Tuesday.

Mr Cuomo said he had offered mayors support from state police or 13,000 National Guard who are on stand-by and said that with a 38,000-strong police force, New York City should be able to address its unrest on its own.

As protests nationwide flared following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, St. John's suffered minor damage Sunday night from a fire in the church basement. "In faithfulness to our Savior who lived a life of non-violence and sacrificial love, we align ourselves with those seeking justice for the death of George Floyd".

The Louisville police chief was sacked after it was revealed officers involved in Mr McAtee's shooting had failed to activate their body cameras.

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While pepper balls and smoke canisters were used against the protesters, "no tear gas was used by USSP officers or other assisting law enforcement partners to close the area at Lafayette Park".

Although rallies on behalf of Floyd and other victims of police brutality have been largely peaceful during the day, after dark each night crowds have turned to rioting, vandalism, arson and looting.

And a police officer was shot during protests in Las Vegas, police there said in a statement.

In Atlanta, six officers will face charges for an incident in which two college students were removed from their auto and tasered, Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard told a briefing.

Floyd died after a white policeman pinned his neck under a knee for almost nine minutes in Minneapolis on May 25, reigniting the explosive issue of police brutality against African Americans five months before the November presidential election.

And a police officer in Sarasota, Florida, was placed on leave on Tuesday after video surfaced showing the officer kneeling on a man's back and neck during an arrest in May.

Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, 44, has been charged with third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

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