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.
….I have asked for this investigation to be expedited and greatly appreciate all of the work done by local law enforcement. My heart goes out to George’s family and friends. Justice will be served!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 27, 2020
Floyd is a black man who died in police custody on Monday. His death has sparked a number of brutal protests in the city.
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.
— Mayor Jacob Frey (@MayorFrey) May 26, 2020
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.