Trump vows forceful response

By MAY ZHOU in Houston, Texas | China Daily Global | Updated: 2020-06-02 11:40
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Protesters sing and dance to music during a protest against the death in Minneapolis in police custody of African-American man George Floyd, in Atlanta, Georgia, US June 1, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

After the speech, Trump walked to St. John's Church, near the White House, which was set ablaze Sunday night by protesters.

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker said after Trump's speech that he rejects the idea "that the federal government can send troops into" his state.

"The fact is that the president has created an incendiary moment here," Pritzker said in an interview with CNN. "He wants to change the subject from his failure over coronavirus, a miserable failure, and now we're seeing a moment when there's unrest because of the injustice that was done to George Floyd."

Floyd, a 46-year-old African American man, died May 25 shortly after being arrested in connection with an alleged forgery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

On Monday, Floyd's death was called a homicide by an independent autopsy commissioned by his family. An official report soon followed, also ruling it homicide but finding a different cause of death.

The results of the preliminary autopsy from the Hennepin County medical examiner ruled out traumatic asphyxia — deprivation of oxygen, or strangulation — as the cause of death.

The medical examiner's preliminary report concluded that Floyd's death was caused by "the combined effects of Mr. Floyd being restrained by the police, his underlying health conditions and any potential intoxicants in his system".

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