The Secretary of defense mark Esper, said at a briefing June 3 that does not support the use of regular army units to suppress large-scale protests, which began after the death of a black resident of Minneapolis, George Floyd.
As reported by CNN, the Pentagon chief stressed that the use of the army inside the country is possible only in emergency and dire situations, and while this is not necessary.
Esper also mentioned the murder of Floyd “a terrible crime”, adding that “racism in America is real and we must do everything possible to recognize it, confront it and eradicate”.
So the head of the defense Ministry responded to the statement of President Donald trump, who on 1 June declared readiness to send “thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers… in order to stop the riots, looting, vandalism, assault and wanton destruction of property”.
Protests in the US began after may 25 after a tough police detention in Minneapolis died African American George Floyd. Forensic examination confirmed that the death was caused by strangulation. The patrol suspected Floyd that he paid with a fake $ 20 bill.
Demonstrators took to the streets and began throwing the police with firecrackers and bottles. During the protests were looted shop, unknown persons set fire to several industrial and commercial buildings, as well as a police station. One person was killed. Native of Floyd appealed to the protesters asking them not to allow violence.
May 29, law enforcement authorities arrested police officer Derek Shovina, which used a rear naked choke against Floyd.
The authorities took the decision to use the national guard in several cities. By 2 June in nine U.S. States, killing 11 people, among them – both police and demonstrators.