President Trump orders expedited probe into death of George Floyd, says ‘justice will be served’

A protester holds a sign with an image of George Floyd during protests Wednesday, May 27, 2020, in Minneapolis against the death of Floyd in Minneapolis police custody earlier in the week. (Christine T. Nguyen/Minnesota Public Radio via AP)

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UPDATED 6:54 AM PT — Thursday, May 28, 2020

President Trump has ordered the FBI and Justice Department to fully look into the death of George Floyd. On Wednesday via Twitter, he announced he has called for an expedited investigation into the incident, adding that he wants a ‘”full report” on the case when he returns to Washington.

The president also described Floyd’s death as a “very sad event” and said “justice will be served.” He went on to say his heart goes out to George’s family and friends.

Floyd is a black man who died in police custody on Monday. His death has sparked a number of brutal protests in the city.

Police clash with protesters outside the Minneapolis Police 3rd Precinct, Tuesday, May 26, 2020, in Minneapolis, the day after the death of George Floyd in police custody. Four Minneapolis officers involved in the arrest of Floyd, a black man who died in police custody, were fired Tuesday, hours after a bystander’s video showed an officer kneeling on the handcuffed man’s neck, even after he pleaded that he could not breathe and stopped moving. (Carlos Gonzalez/Star Tribune via AP)

One of those anti-police protests in Minneapolis resulted in a fatal shooting. A man was shot and killed during the riots Wednesday. The suspected shooter has been taken into custody and officials are investigating the incident as a possible homicide.

Mayor Jacob Frey has requested help from the National Guard after people began looting from a nearby Target and setting businesses ablaze.

During a midnight press conference, police department spokesman John Elder gave his take on the situation.

“If people are there, truly there, to honor the memory of the deceased and the family, this isn’t how you do it,” he stated. “And it’s so disrespectful and it’s heartbreaking.”

The state has deployed at least 60 troopers to the city so far and are still waiting on support from the National Guard.

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